Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin’

Will bipartisan coalition restrict public safety unions?

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
Scott-walker

During the effort to curb collective bargaining rights for public employees in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker suggested the exemption for public safety employees was necessary to avoid the possibility of a strike by “first responders.” The real reason may have been a political calculation; restric...

Fighting public service ‘corruption’

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Aug. 27, 2012 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- During recent travels to Madison and Milwaukee for some research about reform-minded Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker's survival of a union-backed recall, I found little residual anger among the friendly folks there, despite seemingly endless pi...

Walker win a repudiation of big labor

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

June 5, 2012 By Katy Grimes Commentary When the big news outlets called the Wisconsin election for Gov. Scott Walker early, it was apparent that blue is going to be the new red in November. Despite the Associated Press announcing that Walker "survives" recall, Republican Governor Scott Walker's ...

Unions make Wisc. badgering state

Monday, June 4th, 2012

June 4, 2012 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- Before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker became a recall target for his efforts to reform collective bargaining in his state, I was a guest on a Madison radio show discussing the influence of public-sector unions and the significance of the state's unfunded ...

Scott Walker vs. Jerry Brown

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

June 3, 2012 By Brian Calle Californians know a thing or two about recalls. Only two state governors in U.S. history have been removed from office via recall; the first was North Dakota Gov. Lynn J. Frazier in 1921. Of course, the second was California's Democratic Gov. Gray Davis in 2003. Publi...

Calif. Labor Federation Tweet-fest

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Katy Grimes: You've just got to love Twitter for those moments in life when reporters are banned from covering events. Yesterday and today, the California Labor Federation's joint legislative conference has been in full-swing, but was announced as closed to reporters (there's a lot of that going ar...

On Wisconsin! On to CA!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

John Seiler: The best part about the turmoil in Wisconsin is that the government there is jammed up. AP reports: Wisconsin's budget stalemate over union bargaining rights shows no sign of resolution - and it could be a long wait. The governor isn't budging. AWOL Democrats aren't planning to come ...

'Calpetbaggers' Still Spiking Pensions

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

MARCH 2, 2011 BY WAYNE LUSVARDI Call them "Calpetbaggers." They're the 200 local governmental entities fingered in last week's Little Hoover Commission's pension report that have defiantly increased public pension benefits since 2008 -- in the face of a $240 billion shortfall in the 85 public pen...

2/3 Wis. 8th Graders Not Proficient

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

John Seiler: Wisconsin teachers have been on strike. And they object to Gov. Scott Walker's move to end or limit collective bargaining. They're also the highest-paid teachers in the Midwest. So, how well are they teaching? This is from CNS News: Two-thirds of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public...

Will Wisconsin Protests Come to California?

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Feb. 18, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Today Wisconsin, tomorrow California? The battle between government-employee unions and state budgets was inevitable once the unions were given collective bargaining rights over the past 50 years. The battle boiled over the past few days in Wisconsin as Republicans ...