Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher Announces Statewide Leadership Team To Drive “Employee Choice”

Press Release Date:  Friday, January 06, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today introduced business and community leaders from throughout the commonwealth who will work in support of “Employee Choice,” an initiative which will create jobs and economic opportunity for working families in Kentucky.

“My proposal, ‘Employee Choice,’ is needed to create economic opportunities for working Kentuckians who currently do not have the right to choose,” said Governor Fletcher. “To not have employee choice is to send economic opportunities – well-paying jobs – to states like Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, among others.”

With this group of leaders – both Republican and Democrat – Governor Fletcher plans to take his administration’s message to Kentucky communities. Meetings across the state will further educate Kentuckians on this critical issue.

Fred Mudge of RJ Corman Railroad Group, LLC will serve as chair of the Kentucky “Employee Choice” campaign.  Bill Stone of Louisville Plate Glass Company will serve as vice chairman.

“Kentucky’s efforts to raise our quality of life and standard of living will succeed when we increase the education level of our people and remove those regulatory barriers which prevent us from competing in regional and world markets,” said Mudge.

“National site-selection consultants from major corporations report that states, such as Kentucky, without employee choice lose out on at least 30 percent of new business opportunities,” said Stone. “That is simply unacceptable.”

In recent years, personal income grew at a rate of 37 percent in states with employee choice – compared to 26 percent in states without employee choice, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Kentucky currently ranks 41st in per-capita personal income – a ranking which has remained virtually unchanged at or near the bottom 10 of all states for more than three decades.

“Employee Choice” is a pro-worker initiative that will result in better jobs and better paying jobs.

Chambers of Commerce and economic development organizations throughout Kentucky have endorsed employee choice, and have indicated they will participate in this campaign. Those groups include the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Paducah Chamber of Commerce, North Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Hopkinsville Economic Development Council, Commerce Lexington, and Greater Louisville Inc.