For a long time, research by economists has shown right-to work states tend to have lower costs of living than forced unionism states. However, until recently, it has been difficult to document whether the cost of living in a state was rising, falling, or holding steady, compared to the national average, over time.
After being launched in 2001, the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) tracked the overall cost of living for states as well as the cost of housing, groceries, health care, utilities, transportation and other miscellaneous consumer goods and services. Theses indices are updated four times a year.
MERIC’s data shows that states with forced union membership have costs of living that go up substantially faster than states with right-to-work laws.