Cornerstone Director Kevin Smith comments at RTW press conference

May 10, 2011

For Immediate Release

May 10, 2011
Contact: Kevin Smith
Phone: (603) 571-4710
Email: director@nhcornerstone.org

Concord, NH – This morning, Cornerstone Action along with We the People and other various liberty groups held a press conference to urge Governor Lynch to sign the Right to Work legislation.

Below are the remarks given by Cornerstone Executive Director, Kevin Smith:

“We are here today because right now, a historic opportunity stands before Governor Lynch.  With the passage of the Right to Work legislation, Governor Lynch has an opportunity to demonstrate to the citizens of our state, both those with jobs, but especially those unemployed, that he is serious about creating jobs in our great state.  The fact of the matter is that in states that are Right to Work already, the number of manufacturing jobs created over the last decade outpaced those in non-right to work states.  At the same time, real personal income grew in those states by 24%, while only growing by 8% in New Hampshire during the same period.

Recently, we’ve all witnessed first-hand the benefit of being a Right-to-Work state when Boeing, one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, decided to build one of its new plants in the labor-friendly Right-to-Work state of South Carolina.  Imagine for a second if New Hampshire had been a Right-to-Work state when Boeing was making its decision.  With our built in advantage of having no income or sales tax and a great quality of life, New Hampshire, as the only Right-To-Work state north of Virginia would be a Northeast haven in the for so many companies.  Instead, it’s very unlikely that New Hampshire was even a consideration for Boeing or other manufacturing companies that take Right-to-Work into consideration.

Instead however, and quite unfortunate, the Governor has indicated that he would rather side with the special interest union bosses than fight for the individual liberty of the employee and attract new businesses to the state of New Hampshire.   By indicating that he will veto this job-creating piece of legislation, the Governor is behaving no better than the National Labor Relations Board which is outrageously trying to block Boeing from building its new plant in South Carolina.  Let there be no doubt, so long as John Lynch sits in the corner office, New Hampshire is telling prospective employers that we closed for business.  Which is why, if the Governor does veto this bill, we call on the House and Senate to override the Governor’s veto and send a strong message to the Governor and the rest of the country:  that New Hampshire is Under New Management.”

 

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