To the Editor:

I want the next generation to have even better opportunities than I’ve had.

That’s why I ran for the State Senate, to fight for New Hampshire families and small businesses.

As the founder of my own small business, I want the next generation of entrepreneurs to have even more opportunities to pursue their dreams and provide products, services and good jobs to the people of our state.

This is dependent on a thriving business climate, and it also means making our state attractive for new job-creating businesses.

One way through which we can do that is by passing a state Right to Work law.

A Right to Work law simply means that no worker can be forced to join or support a union as a condition of employment.

Senate Bill 61, a bill that I cosponsored and support, re-affirms every worker’s right to join or support a union, and it also says that workers can’t be forced to pay up or be fired.

That’s not only the right thing to do, it’ll also help our economy.

This legislation will attract new companies to our state, empower workers to hold unions accountable, and it will help spur economic development and create more good jobs.

The fact is that Right to Work states are currently outperforming New Hampshire in job growth, consistency more than doubling the Granite State. And once passed and in effect for a while, these laws are extremely popular.

Virginia and Nevada both have full Democrat control of the government, yet there hasn’t been any serious talk of repealing the existing Right to Work laws in either of those states.

In fact, just the opposite: Even many Democrats in those states see that repealing Right to Work is an economic disaster and a political loser.

I’m proud of my work in partnership with Governor Sununu and many of my legislative colleagues to improve New Hampshire’s economy and weather the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is still work to be done.

We always need to be on the lookout for opportunities to trim needless regulation and wasteful government spending so we can keep taxes low and deliver quality services.

Ending forced union dues will also serve as another tool for drawing good jobs to New Hampshire and helping our economy grow.

That’s why I hope the House will soon pass Senate Bill 61, the New Hampshire Right to Work Bill.

It’s right for workers and right for our economy.

Senator Bill Gannon

(Senator Gannon represents District 23 in the New Hampshire Senate)

 

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