State Budgets and Public Unions
In Madison, Wisconsin protesters for and against Governor Scott Walker’s plan to end collective bargaining rights for some public employees are gathering for a seventh day. State employees have already largely agreed to accede to the Governor’s demands for stepped up health care and pension contributions, but future collective bargaining rights remains a sticking point. The Republican controlled legislature hoping to vote on the Governor’s plan have been thwarted by Democratic legislators who remain out of state. Join us for discussion on the stand-off and its implications budget battles in other states and the nation’s capital.
Governor of Indiana, Republican
Director, Tax Policy Studies, Cato Institute
chief economist, AFL-CIO
president, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees,
member of the faculty, Madison College
spokesman, Liberty Tree, a Pro-Democracy Think Tank