State Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said it isn’t state government’s role to create jobs, adding that was for the private sector. “But it is the job of government to create an environment where jobs can flourish, where we have current employers wanting to stay in
and expand their operations and, of course, to attract employers from other
states and countries to come here to ,”
he said. “There is no question in my mind that the passage of SB 1 is the
absolute best step this General Assembly and governor can take to create a
better environment for the creation and retention of jobs here in the
Thayer said nine of the top 10 states experiencing job growth and economic expansion at a greater rate than
are right-to-work states. Kentucky
The legislation, designated Senate Bill 1, passed on a 24-12 vote.
Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, spoke out against the legislation during the debate. He said the states with the highest quality of life are not right-to-work states and states with the lowest quality of life are right-to-work states.
“My biggest fear is if we pass this legislation, are we again encouraging a race to the bottom by Kentucky – that we want people to be paid less, earn less, have less money to spend on their families, spend for education, spend for healthcare,” said Thomas. “Isn’t that what we are doing by passing this legislation?”
Senate President Robert Stivers II, R-Manchester, said he many of the states listed as having a high quality of life have the distinction of also having some of the highest cost-of-living prices in the nation. He cited a 560-square-foot flat in
recently sold $325,000 as an example of out-of-control cost-of-living prices. New York
“One thing I can tell you … is that when you look at where the jobs are being created … one of the main factors is whether you are a right-to-work state. That’s not an assumption. That is a reality.”
The bill will now go to the state House for consideration.