Gov. Jay Nixon today issued the following statement regarding the Missouri General Assembly’s action to sustain his veto of House Bill 116, which would have made Missouri the 26th so-called “right-to-work” state in the U.S. The vote was 96-63 with 1 present, 13 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for an override.

“Today’s bipartisan action by the legislature to uphold my veto of this divisive, anti-worker bill is a victory for workers, families and businesses here in Missouri and across the country,” Gov. Nixon said. “I thank the members of the General Assembly – both Democrats and Republicans -- who sent a clear message to the nation that Missouri will stand by its workers and oppose attempts by outside special interests to cut wages and weaken the middle-class. I look forward to working with leaders in the House and Senate on the bipartisan priorities that will truly strengthen our economy -- like creating jobs, balancing budgets, investing in our local schools and making college more affordable.”
Advocates for Right-To-Work still want to continue the fight to bring this status to Missouri with one of the big advocate groups Americans for Prosperity Missouri  issuing a statement.

Today Gov. Nixon stood between Missourians and freedom as the Missouri State Legislature failed to override his veto of HB116, right-to-work legislation. In May, the Legislature voted to pass this worker freedom law, but Governor Nixon vetoed the legislation while profiting from special interests. Americans for Prosperity Missouri has conducted an accountability campaign encouraging legislators to override the Governor’s veto, mobilizing its grassroots volunteers to knock on more than 100,000 doors and make more than 300,000 phone calls.

“Gov. Nixon is the roadblock between Missouri and more prosperity, after bowing down to union bosses he blocked the legislature and the will of most Missourians,” said Luke Hilgemann, CEO of Americans for Prosperity. “While the price of Gov. Nixon’s support seems to be $50,000, you can’t put a price tag on worker freedom; this isn’t the end for right-to-work. Two years ago right-to-work did not seem possible in Missouri, but through education efforts and building a consensus around individual freedom we have seen Missourians embrace it.”
Patrick Werner, state director of Americans for Prosperity Missouri, added:
“Standing up for worker freedom is a fundamental right and because of that this isn’t the end of right-to-work for our great state. Momentum is clearly on the side of freedom - our lame duck governor and his financial sponsors are on the wrong side of history.”