JEFFERSON CITY — Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder today challenged Governor Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster to a debate on Right to Work legislation in Missouri.

“I believe Right to Work will help Missouri attract and retain the family-supporting jobs we need for our state to thrive,” Kinder said. “We are at an economic disadvantage because, unlike six of our neighboring states, we do not have a Right to Work law. All too often, jobs that could have gone to Missouri instead wind up going to one of these six other states simply because we lack one law they have – Right to Work.

“Right to Work, at its core, is about fairness. If a worker in our state does not want to pay union fees, they should not be required to do so just to get or keep a job. Let the unions prove their worth and workers will gladly pay for membership.

“Missouri lawmakers this year overwhelmingly passed this important economic tool for our state. But with his veto, Governor Nixon stands in the way of jobs and economic growth for Missouri. Meanwhile, Attorney General Chris Koster has praised the governor’s veto. I challenge either the governor or the attorney general – or both of them, for that matter – to debate me on this issue.

“I am ready and willing to defend my support of Right to Work. Will Gov. Nixon or Attorney General Chris Koster do the same? Missourians have a right to hear arguments for both sides of this important issue.”