Your daily Letter to the Editor — July 15, 2013
Cher McCoy (“Elect Cuccinelli for state economy,” July 6 letter) writes that Republican candidate for governor Ken Cuccinelli “has a simple time-proven” jobs plan: “Keep taxes low in the commonwealth, reduce the regulatory burden on small business and protect our right-to-work laws.”
If we do this, she assures us, “Businesses will open and stay open, and workers will find more work for better pay.”
In fact, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has ranked the top 10 states for low business taxes and regulations.
The No. 1 state, Tennessee, ranks 49th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for median household income.
Only one state on the chamber’s list, Alaska, ranks among the top 10 states for median income.
Further, states with “right to work” laws — which forbid employers and workers from negotiating union shop agreements — have a median household income of about $6,400 less than states without these laws. That goes for union and nonunion households.
Cuccinelli’s plan may be simple, but it is not time-proven. Quite the opposite, especially when it comes to better pay.