Governor Speaks Out On Right To Work Issue

By Jeff Neumeyer

November 2, 2011 Updated Nov 2, 2011 at 6:17 PM EDT

INDIANA, (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Indiana's governor believes jobs will be on the rise across the Hoosier state, if “right to work” legislation gets approved in the 2012 session of the Indiana General Assembly.

But critics say the measure will simply create more jobs that don't pay a livable wage.

Mitch Daniels discussed “right to work” during a visit Wednesday to Fort Wayne.

The Republican governor attended a fundraiser at Fort Wayne Country Club for GOP Mayoral candidate Paula Hughes.

Last week, a committee of Indiana lawmakers voted along party lines to push legislation that would prohibit workers from being required to pay union representation fees.

Union supporters crowded into the Statehouse earlier this year and Democratic lawmakers walked out to Illinois, concerned that a “right to work” bill would come down the pike.

Daniels says he's becoming more convinced that change is needed.

Governor Mitch Daniels/(R) Indiana: " The report that was prepared, the testimony they took, it shows, no question, it costs us jobs in this state, and in this wretched national economy this state needs every edge it can get. So, it may well be the right moment."

Daniels actually opposed a “right to work” bill this past session.

In his recently released book “Keeping the Republic”, he said he did not want to push the issue in 2011, because it would have sparked a political wildfire and hurt his legislative agenda.

Figure this could be the big battleground in the 2012 short session.

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