Right to Work at the forefront of the upcoming veto session
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Right to Work at the forefront of the upcoming veto session

Date: September 8, 2015
By: Melissa Zygowicz
State Capitol Bureau

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As lawmakers prepare for next week's veto session on right to work, the debate has intensified.
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Wrap: Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis says that if Right To Work were to pass, families across the state of Missouri will suffer due to a decrease in wages.

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Description: "Even the sponsors of the bill have admitted that once Right To Work bill passes, wages are going to go down for workers and that is going to be...there are so many different affects to that."

Supporters of Right to Work say that the bill allows for growth in the state.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz.

Intro: 
Next Wednesday, legislators will vote on one of the most important bills but the debate has fully intensified.
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Wrap: Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis says that school budgets will shrink if Right to Work is passed because families will be making less money. 

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Description: "On an average, it gets 2500 dollars per worker less in a Right To Work state which equates to five-thousand dollars for a family. So the family quits paying taxes on five-thousand dollars of their income to the state into the school districts and you multiply that by the number of working familes in the state, you're talking one hell of a lot of money."

Supporters of the bill say that right-to-work states consistently have higher job growth.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz.

Intro: 
Lawmakers cannot seem to agree on the so-called Right to Work legislation with just a week before they vote on the bill.
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Wrap: Deputy State Director of conservatively funded Americans for Prosperity Rachel Payton says that Missouri is ranked 42nd in economic performance and 27th in economic outlook.

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Description: "It's not that Missouri is totally doing things wrong it's that other states are making changes and doing things differently and we need to do something different in Missouri. We need to change. We need to change the staus quo so we can get more jobs here in Missouri. We think Missouri becoming a Right To Work state is one of the things that can help bring more jobs to Missouri."

Opponents of right-to-work say that middle class families will make less money than they are now if the bill passes.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz.

Intro: 
Just a week before legislators vote on one of the most important bills in the veto session, the debate for Right to Work is intensifying.
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Wrap: Deputy State Director of Americans for Prosperity Rachel Payton says that more companies are going to Right To Work states and as a result people are leaving Missouri.

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Description: "Missouri has lost over 2 billion dollars in adjusted gross income over the last 20 years and a lot of that money has gone to Right To Work states like Texas, Arizona and North Carolina. While those states are seeing a 42 percent gain in total employment and in Non-Right To Work we're only seeing 19 percent."

Opponents of right-to-work say that there are many negative affects to right to work including decrease in wages and state income.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Melissa Zygowicz.


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