Speaking on WFIU’s “Ask the Mayor,” Duke Bennett said he needed more information before he could take a side on the issue. The mayor points to one talking point offered by proponents that he’s been unable to substantiate – that companies aren’t investing in Indiana because it’s not a Right to Work state.
“We’re not experiencing that here in Terre Haute. We’re not having anybody telling us that they’re not coming to Terre Haute because we don’t have Right to Work,” Bennett says.
The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce supports the law, but interim president Bob Quatroche says the policy committee which decided the organization’s position also did not have the name of any company which passed over the city or the state because no Right to Work statute was in place.
“What they felt, obviously, in terms of what was provided to them by their sources in Indianapolis – that it was sufficient for them to move forward,” Quatroche says. “Even though they did not and we were not provided, to the best of my recollection, the name of any companies that you’re referring to that might have said ‘we’re not coming to Indianapolis because it’s not a Right to Work state.”
Quatroche says the Chamber’s position was largely decided based on information provided to it by the state Chamber, which has issued position papers supporting such a law.