Thursday, March 3, 2011

Does Collective Bargaining Cause State Deficits

Do Collective Bargaining Cause State Deficits

Conservative Republican Media Suggest Public Union Collective Bargaining Is Driving States' Budget Shortfalls

Kilmeade Suggests That "Union Bargaining Should Be Abolished All Together" Because It's "Breaking The Public Piggy Bank." On the February 28 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade asked, "If union bargaining is breaking the public piggy bank, should it be abolished all together?" [Fox News' Fox & Friends, 2/28/11]

Liz Cheney: Collective Bargaining "Reduces [Local Officials'] Ability To Actually Manage Their Own Budget." On the February 20 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday, Liz Cheney stated that "when you've got collective bargaining in place and when you've got the benefits that are basically sealed in, and no ability by those local officials to touch those or affect them, it reduces their ability to actually manage their own budget." [Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday, 2/20/11, accessed via Nexis]

Wallace Lets Walker Suggest That Collective Bargaining Is Preventing States From Balancing Budgets. On the February 20 edition of Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace hosted Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to claim that state governments are facing budget crises because of collective bargaining. 
Sufficeit to say that if serial liars pants did really catch on fire, Kilmeade, Liz Cheney, Gov. Walker and Chriss Wallace would all burst into flames and than rely on a public employees such as firefighters and emergency medical technicians to put out the flames and tend to their injuries.

In Fact, Every State That Explicitly Prohibits Collective Bargaining Faces Budget Shortfalls

Five States Explicitly Prohibit Collective Bargaining. According to the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), five states -- Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia - have made collective bargaining explicitly illegal.

CBPP Data Show All Five States In Which Bargaining Is Illegal Face Budget Shortfalls. According to data compiled by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the five states in which collective bargaining is explicitly illegal all face budget shortfalls in FY2012. According to CBPP, Texas and North Carolina are at or above the average expected state budget shortfall in FY2012. [CBPP, 2/10/11]

CBPP Data Shows Five States Are Not Anticipating Shortfalls In Coming Year -- All Of Them Allow Some Form Of Collective Bargaining. According to CBPP data, Wyoming, North Dakota, Arkansas, Alabama, and Alaska are currently not anticipating budget shortfalls in the coming year. Each of these states allows some form of collective bargaining.

First requirement to be a modern Republican? Toss honor and integrity out the window.

The Wisconsin Lie Exposed Taxpayers Actually Contribute Nothing To Public Employee Pensions

Anti-union bill whizzing through Ohio Legislature

"For as far-reaching this thing is and how many lives it will affect, I can't believe how fast it moved," said Columbus Police Sgt. Shaun Laird, who wanted lawmakers to spend more time debating the changes.

Wisconsin's bill remains in limbo after Democrats hightailed it for the Illinois border on the day the Senate was to adopt the bill. Their absence left the chamber one member short of the quorum needed for a vote.

In contrast, the Ohio bill could go as early as next week to House committee hearings. Republicans hold a 59-40 majority in the House, where the measure is likely to receive strong support.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican like his Wisconsin counterpart, Scott Walker, praised the development. Both have pushed the collective bargaining bills as part of budget-balancing measures.
Kasich was a serial lying gas bag when he was a commentator on Faux News. Being an emotionally stunted 4 year old inside an aging irrelevant plutocrats body, he has refused to become wiser with age.