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"Right To Work Zones" Could Come To DE

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DELAWARE - In an effort to revitalize Delaware’s manufacturing industry, state Senate and House Republican leaders reportedly announced legislation to create “right-to-work” zones in Delaware on Tuesday.

According to reports, nearly half of U.S. states have right-to-work laws, stipulating that workers cannot be forced to join or financially support a union as a condition of employment.The new bill, currently circulating in the state legislature for sponsorship, reportedly seeks to empower the Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) to create right-to-work zones as part of the agency’s inducements to bring new businesses to Delaware.

Under the measure, manufacturing businesses in a right-to-work zone, adding at least 20 new workers, would reportedly be exempt from paying the Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) for five years after the hirings.

Reports say Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson (R-Milford), Senate Minority Whip Greg Lavelle (R-Sharpley), House Minority Leader Danny Short (R-Seaford) and House Minority Whip Deborah Hudson (R-Fairthorne) argue such an initiative would create a more competitive environment, attract new businesses to Delaware, and generate more jobs.
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