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What Will "Right To Work" Mean For Michigan

We know that Michigan is the 24th "right to work" state in the country and it's still a heated topic.

Some major sticking points on both sides job creation and wage reduction, but what does it really mean to those who live in the great lake state.

 If history is any indication, financial planner Ted Feight says those jobs supporters of "right to work" promised, will be here soon.

"They are getting five times as many companies coming into Indiana as anywhere else," said Financial Planner Ted Feight.

The Hoosier state was the last to become right to work before Michigan was added Tuesday and Feight says with the great lakes available to ship products.

Michigan could see more job growth than Indiana, but here's the catch, Feight says those jobs will likely pay less.

"We'll stay within the 12 to 15 dollar starting range, but you may get some 10's to start with," Feight said.

Professor Charles Ballard agrees, he doesn't see a relationship between right to work and higher pay.

"Massachusetts has the most highly educated work force in the country, they're not right to work, they have the second highest income," said MSU Economics Professor Charles Ballard.

He says education and training is the key, not right to work.

"At any moment in Michigan we have tens of thousands of jobs in Michigan that go begging because there simply is no worker

around who has the skills to fill the job, this doesn't fix that," Ballard said.

But with schools such as LCC and MSU Feight feels, Michigan can train a highly skilled, highly educated workforce

and with "right to work," he says the state is offering yet another reason for a business to relocate in Michigan.

"They're going to work with these companies to see what it takes to be able to get them in and working, because it's good for the unemployment, it's good for the government, they will have more taxes," Feight said.

And hopefully more jobs for thousands who could use them.

 

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