No organization is more dedicated to keeping working people in their poorly paid place than the Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Chamber has now issued a report finding that the road to prosperity leads through Mississippi. Is that counterintuitive or what?
A CofC paper on "The Impact of State Employment Policies on Job Growth" gave Mississippi a "good" rating, because it has few union members, low unemployment benefits, and minimal regulation of wages and hours. A more objective study of life in Mississippi, this done by the Census Bureau, finds that the state ranks dead last in per capita income. Other scholarly studies show Mississippi on bottom in public education, child welfare, and just about everything else that makes life worth living. The American Human Development Project, a nonpartisan effort to measure human well-being in America, finds Mississippi in 49th place, ahead of only Guess Who and West Virginia. (Arkansas got only a "fair" rating from the CofC. They like our "right to work" law, but seem to believe we're not doing enough to make people work longer for lower pay.)
What's good to the Chamber is bad for the people. And yet the people of Little Rock are forced to subsidize their enemy. The Little Rock Board of Directors slips $200,000 of public money to the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce every year. It's indecent, and it must be stopped.