Wisconsin: Stay With It

Keep your eyes on Wisconsin as well as Ohio and Indiana.  Regardless of the outcome, this will affect all working people.

The New York Times reports that in Indiana:

The experience of a nearby state, Indiana, where Gov. Mitch Daniels eliminated bargaining for state employees six years ago, shows just how much is at stake, both for the government and for workers. His 2005 executive order has had a sweeping impact: no raises for state employees in some years, the elimination of seniority preferences and a far greater freedom to consolidate state operations or outsource them to private companies.

The impact?  A mixed bag.  Unemployment stayed stable but began to climb in late 2008.

http://data.bls.gov/pdq/SurveyOutputServlet?series_id=LASST18000004&data_tool=XGtable

Would be very interesting to see how the physical plant, education and perceived quality of life have been affected.

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About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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