Public employee unions and other groups dependent on taxpayer funding have long pushed for higher spending to benefit their members, clients, employees and other stakeholders. Together, they represent a powerful force—Public Sector Inc—dedicated to the preservation of the budgetary status quo in recession-ravaged state capitals and city halls throughout the country.
This website is a one-stop-shop for the latest news, analysis and research about the issues facing the American taxpayer in the face of Public Sector Inc. It provides a national forum to probe problems and develop solutions at the state and local level, bringing together the nation’s top experts from around the country.
Stephen Eide is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership. Steve received his doctorate in political science in Boston College and previously was a Senior Research Associate at the Worcester Regional Research Bureau. His research focuses on public employee unions, retirement benefits, public finance, and urban policy.
Dean W. Ball is the Policy Manager at the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership. In this role, he coordinates outreach to mayors, governors and other policymakers, forms partnerships with a diverse range of research organizations, interest groups, and government agencies, conceives and implements major strategic initiatives, and represents the Center at major conferences and policy briefings. He has written on pension reform, higher education, US politics, public transportation and more in publications such as Investor’s Business Daily, Minding the Campus, and Legal Insurrection, and has co-authored an issue brief for the Manhattan Institute. Prior to joining MI, he worked for US Senator Mark Warner and the Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade. In addition to his position with MI, he is an Assistant Editor for Cosmos + Taxis, an academic journal dedicated to the study of spontaneous and emergent social orders. He graduated from Hamilton College in 2014 with a B.A. in History.
Michael Allegretti is Vice President for Programs at the Manhattan Institute, as well as the Institute’s Director of the Center for State & Local Leadership. Prior to joining the Institute, Michael ran for the U.S. Congress in New York's 13th District and served as Senior Advisor at The Climate Group, advising former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and managing relationships with dozens of city and state governments around the world towards sensible energy development. He has worked as a Director at the Partnership for New York City and a Policy Analyst for UBS. Michael holds a BA in History from Boston College, a Diploma in International Relations from Sciences-Po in Paris, and an MA in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Steven Malanga is City Journal's senior editor and a Manhattan Institute senior fellow. He is author of Shakedown: The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer, about the bankrupting of state and local governments by a new political powerhouse led by public-sector unions. He writes about the intersection of urban economies, business communities, and public policy. He has been cited as one of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's intellectual influences (BusinessWeek, August 2010).
Daniel DiSalvo is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the City College of New York—CUNY. He is the author of Engines of Change: Party Factions in American Politics, 1868-2010 (Oxford) and co-editor of Building Coalitions, Making Policy (Johns Hopkins). His scholarly work focuses on public sector unions, political parties, elections, and public policy. He has written on these topics for scholarly and popular publications, including Congress & the Presidency, The American Interest, The Weekly Standard, The Forum, National Affairs, The New York Times, The New York Daily News, and The Journal of Policy History.
Steven Greenhut is the California columnist for U-T San Diego. Greenhut formerly was vice president of journalism at the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, where he managed a team of 35 investigative reporters and editors who covered state capitols across the country. He founded CalWatchdog in 2009, which provided Sacramento-based investigative news coverage and he writes regularly for publications including Reason, Human Events, Bloomberg and City Journal. He is author of the 2009 book, "Plunder! How Public Employee Unions Are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives And Bankrupting the Nation" and the 2005 book, "Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain."
E. J. McMahon
E.J. McMahon is a senior fellow with the Manhattan Institute and president of the Empire Center for Public Policy, Inc., an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501c3 think tank based in Albany, New York. He has authored or co-authored major studies on public pension reform, collective bargaining, population migration, budget trends and state tax policy. McMahon's op-ed commentaries have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, The New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, Barrons and City Journal, among other publications.
Nicole Gelinas is the Searle Freedom Trust Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Gelinas writes on urban economics and finance, municipal and corporate finance, business issues, and crime. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts. Her book, After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street—and Washington was published in 2009 by Encounter Books.
Richard C. Dreyfuss is an actuary and business consultant and a senior fellow with The Commonwealth Foundation, a free-market think tank in Pennsylvania. He is also an adjunct fellow with the Manhattan Institute. Prior to his retirement in 2002, Dreyfuss worked for The Hershey Company, formerly Hershey Foods Corporation, for 21 years, and he held numerous positions, including director of compensation and benefits. He is currently active in public policy matters, having testified in Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg, Penn., and having served as chair of the Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council in 2001-2002.
James Hohman is assistant director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a state policy free market think tank in Michigan. He holds a degree in economics from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan and is a frequent commentator to local media about developments in Michigan state politics.
Daniel M. Rothschild is director of state projects and a senior fellow with the R Street Institute. He joined R Street in October 2013 having previously worked at the American Enterprise Institute and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His popular writing and articles and reviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Reason, the Weekly Standard, the Chicago Policy Review, Economic Affairs and many other popular and policy publications. He was a 2012-13 National Review Institute Washington fellow. Dan has testified before the U.S. Congress and several state legislatures on tax and fiscal policy, government reform and disaster recovery policy.
Eileen Norcross is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University and the lead researcher for the State and Local Policy Project. Her areas of research include public finance, fiscal federalism and institutions, state and local government, and economic development.She is the author of several studies on state fiscal institutions including Fiscal Evasion in State Budgeting, and The Crisis in Public Sector Pension Plans with Andrew Biggs. Her work has been cited in numerous publications including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and The New York Times. She blogs on issues of local governance and finance at Neighborhood Effects.
Christian Schneider is a columnist for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Schneider, formerly a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, spent eight years working for the Wisconsin State Legislature. He holds a Master's degree from Marquette University and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah, both in political science. Schneider is a frequent contributor to the National Review Online, and his columns have been featured in the New York Times, New York Post, Washington Times, and City Journal quarterly magazine. He is also co-author of the Campaign Manager Survey.
Ben Boychuk is associate editor of City Journal, where he writes on education and California politics. Previously, he served as managing editor of the Heartland Institute's School Reform News and the Claremont Review of Books. He is also a former editorial writer for Investor's Business Daily and the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California. Boychuk writes a bi-weekly column for the Sacramento Bee and a weekly column for Scripps-Howard News Service. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the New York Post, National Review Online, the Korea Times and newspapers across the United States.
Andrew Biggs was the principal deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), where he oversaw SSA's policy research efforts and led the agency's participation in the Social Security Trustees working group. He has investigated the trade-offs involved in meeting Social Security's projected budgetary shortfalls. In 2005, he worked on Social Security reform at the National Economic Council and, in 2001, was on the staff of the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security. He draws on micro and macroeconomic analysis, financial and behavioral economics, and research into public opinion and political institutions to analyze reforms to improve the effectiveness and long-range solvency of the Social Security program.