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Last updated on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
(UNDATED) - Two years after Indiana enacted a right-to-work law, the Pence administration says the law has brought 64 companies to Indiana.
Indiana Economic Development Corporation chief of staff Chad Pittman says the controversial law wasn't the sole factor in landing those companies. But he says executives have told the IEDC they wouldn't have considered Indiana without it.
Pittman says the 64 deals have created 8,000 jobs in Indiana and 2.5-billion dollars in capital investment. He says Indiana got an opportunity it wouldn't have had to pursue other companies because of right-to-work, but ultimately lost those deals for other reasons.
Pittman told a House committee it's not possible to compile a full list of companies -- he says some told the state they didn't want to make it public that right-to-work is a litmus test for them.
The administration compares the current debate over the business personal property tax to the right-to-work debate. Pittman says Indiana's lack of a right-to-work law used to be the most frequent factor preventing Indiana from even getting a look from companies. With the law in place, he says the tax is now in that position.
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