In early March, Mackinac Center Director of Labor Policy F. Vincent Vernuccio appeared on the labor panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), held at the National Harbor outside Washington, D.C. 

Vernuccio told the story of how right-to-work came to Michigan and gave an update about labor reforms around the country, gained from firsthand knowledge though his work on Mackinac’s “You Can, Too” tour.

“We’re looking at Ohio. We’re looking at Missouri. We’re looking at Kentucky. The fire of worker freedom is shining brightly, and it is spreading,” Vernuccio said, drawing cheers from the audience.

Vernuccio closed the panel by noting that while it took 20 years to achieve right-to-work in Michigan, “It’s not going to be another 10 years” until the next state passes a worker freedom bill.

Reince Priebus, chairman, Republican National Committee; Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform; Luke Hilgemann, CEO, Americans for Prosperity; and Terry Scanlon, president, Capitol Research Center; also participated on the panel. 

“It was an honor to share the stage with some of the biggest movers and shakers in Washington at one of the largest gatherings of conservatives around the country,” Vernuccio remarked after the panel. “Simply being invited to speak shows the influence and the importance the Mackinac Center is having both in Michigan and around the nation.”

Media coverage of Vernuccio’s visit to CPAC spanned the political spectrum, from National Review and Newsmax on the right to Huffington Post and on the left.