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AFP – Indiana Update

January 23, 2012 J

Hope everyone is doing well. There are just a few updates on the AFP-Indiana front.

Yesterday marked the start of National School Choice Week. In coordination with other school choice advocates, Americans for Prosperity Foundation will be holding a number of events across the country to renew American Exceptionalism in education. Here in Indiana we will be holding events in Richmond and Evansville later this week. A full list of our events can be found at www.putkidsfirst.com

Right to Work Gives Economic Freedom to Hoosier Workers

January 18, 2012 J,

Economic freedom is often conflated with “business interests.” In reality, economic freedom is about promoting the individual’s interest. The Indiana State Legislature has great opportunity this year to advance economic freedom for our state’s individual workers.

Economic freedom enables individuals to build prosperity for themselves and their families. Workers enjoy economic freedom to the extent that they are able to freely offer their time and labor to potential employers. Unfortunately, Indiana law makes it difficult for the state’s workers to offer their labor to an employer if they object to joining a union or paying compulsory union dues. This is a result of the special protections for Indiana’s unions which allow them to form “union shops” and deny employment to non-union members. Workers who object to joining the local union or paying union dues may find themselves out of work.

Indiana should end this practice by passing a Right to Work law.

Indiana’s Right to Work

January 10, 2012 J,

Great post from the Wall Street Journal. If Indiana passes a right to work law it will "send a message that even voters in industrial states realize that their overall business climate must take precedence over union power."

The labor reform story of the year is unfolding in Indiana, which Republicans who dominate the legislature are trying to make the nation's 23rd right-to-work state. Democrats are resorting to the old run-and-hide ploy, but this could be a huge economic boon to the Hoosier State.

Big Labor portrays right to work as a radical change, but it merely lets individual workers decide if they want to join a union. In non-right-to-work states, workers typically must pay union dues once their worksite is organized—whether they want to pay or not. This enhances union clout and the cash to dominate state politics.

Right to Work is Right for Indiana

January 09, 2012 J

Indiana state legislators are about to debate an important measure that will create jobs in our state and provide greater workplace freedom.

Please take action today to make Indiana the next Right to Work state!

What is Right to Work?

Right to Work simply allows workers to decide for themselves whether or not to join a union or pay union dues.

While workers should be allowed to unionize and collectively bargain, they should also be given the choice to not join a union. The right of association and the freedom to choose who you associate with is a fundamental American right.

Right to Work does nothing to limit or weaken collective bargaining. For example, Right to Work has existed for Indiana teachers for over 15 years, yet membership in the Indiana State Teachers Union remains strong.

The Benefits of Right to Work

AFP – Indiana Policy Agenda

January 04, 2012 J

As we head into the 2012 Indiana Legislative Session, Americans for Prosperity – Indiana has released our policy agenda to provide the public and policymakers with our view on the proper role of government and a few of our legislative priorities.
Here is a summary:
Protecting Taxpayers
??Promote Fiscal and Regulatory Restraint at All Levels of Government
??Repeal the Indiana “Death” Tax
??Address the State’s Public Pension Liability in a Pro-Taxpayer Manner

Reducing the Size of Government
??Establish a Sunset Commission to Eliminate Unnecessary Government Programs
??Give Localities the Tools to Reduce Government

Giving Taxpayers Control of their Tax Dollars
??Expand Educational Opportunities for all Hoosier Taxpayers

Empowering Hoosier Workers and Taxpayers
??Make Indiana a “Right-to-Work” State

Strengthening our State’s Constitutional Rights
??Carefully Evaluate All Federal Aid Programs

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