Don’t Put Right-to-Work in the Virginia Constitution: New at Reason

Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly are working to enshrine the state right-to-work law in the state constitution. A. Barton Hinkle explains why that's a bad idea:

Not every good idea belongs in the Constitution. It's a good idea to carry an umbrella if it looks like rain—but we don't need a constitutional amendment for that, do we?

As Democrats in the state Senate quickly pointed out, Virginia's right-to-work law has thrived, unmolested, for more than four decades now. It does not seem to be in even slight peril.

But it should not become part of the state Constitution even if it were in peril. After all, it is nothing but a response to federal legislation. Writing constitutional provisions to answer legislative mandates dilutes the purpose of having a constitution in the first place.

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