Right To Work States Benefit from Faster Growth, Higher Real Purchasing Power — Summer 2016 Update
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* The term “Tax Freedom Day,” was coined and popularized by the nonpartisan, Washington, D.C. -based Tax Foundation. As the Tax Foundation has explained, it is “the day when Americans . . . finally have earned enough money to pay off their total [federal, state and local] tax bill for the year.” (For simplicity’s sake, the Tax Foundation assumes an equal amount of income is earned every day, and does not distinguish weekdays from weekends.)
Indiana and Michigan became Right to Work states in early 2012 and early 2013, respectively. Both are counted as forced-unionism states for analyses featuring data no more recent than 2011. Indiana and Michigan are both excluded from multi-year analyses including 2013 data. For analyses covering 2013 or 2014 alone, both Indiana and Michigan are counted as Right to Work states. Wisconsin, whose Right to Work law was adopted in March 2015, is counted as a Right to Work state for the analyses covering 2015 or 2016 alone. Otherwise, it is counted as a forced-unionism state. Since West Virginia’s Right to Work law was not adopted until this year, it is counted as Right to Work only for the analysis covering 2016 alone.
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