They note that Richard Vedder of Ohio University found a 23 percent higher per capita income growth rate in right-to-work states than in forced union states.
Between 1977 and 2007, that amounted to a $2,760 larger increase in per capita income in those states.
• Grover G. Norquist and Patrick Gleason, in a column that appeared on politico.com:
"Young people, for example, are flocking to right-to-work states. From 2000 to 2010, right-to-work states saw a 9.2 percent increase in the number of residents ages 25-34, according to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research. In this same decade, forced-union states saw that demographic shrink."
This has consequences for political representation as well.
Norquist and Gleason again:
"The public is voting with its feet in favor of freedom of association - and forced-union states, with declining populations, have diminished representation in Congress.
West Virginia has already seen this. It used to have four members in the House of Representatives.
Now it has three.
"With the 2010 census results, right-to-work states will gain 11 house seats by redistricting, while non-right-to-work states lose nine."
• From the National Institute for Labor Relations Research Fact Sheet, headlines:
"Forced-unionism states' young-adult population virtually stagnant since 1980:
"Meanwhile, the number of right-to-work state residents aged 25-34 has soared by nearly 33 percent over the same period."
These differences cannot be dismissed as statistical flukes.
Different policies produce different economic results.
West Virginians need to think about whether forced unionism is a winning policy choice, or whether they have paid too much for too long to remain losers.
Maurice is editorial page editor of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-4802 or ha...@dailymail.com.