*The term “Tax Freedom Day” was coined and popularized by the nonpartisan, Washington, D.C. based Tax Foundation. As the Tax Foundation has explained, it is “the day when Americans … finally have earned enough money to pay off their total [federal, state and local] tax bill for the year.” (For simplicity’s sake, the Tax Foundation assumes an equal amount of income is earned every day and does not distinguish weekdays from weekends.)
Indiana and Michigan became Right to Work states in early 2012 and early 2013, respectively. Wisconsin’s Right to Work law was adopted in March 2015, and West Virginia banned forced union dues and fees in 2016. These four states are excluded from all multi-year analyses including any year or years prior to the one in which they went Right to Work. They are included among the Right to Work states for analyses covering only the period since their laws took effect. Since the Kentucky Right to law was not adopted until 2017, it is counted as Right to Work only for the analyses covering 2017, 2018, or 2019 alone. Since the Missouri Right to Work adopted in 2017 never took effect, it is never counted as a Right to Work state.
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