Debates

New York’s Unsettled Contracts: What can the City Afford?

Stakes are high for New York City in its current negotiations with its municipal unions. All employees have been working without a contract since at least as far back as mid-2012; the United Federation of Teachers, representing about one-third of the city’s workforce, had its …

What’s the Status of General Obligation Bonds in Municipal Bankruptcy?

Most recent coverage of the Detroit bankruptcy has focused on the issue of pension cuts, and rightly so. Should Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr succeed in his plan to reduce benefits in bankruptcy, other insolvent cities will be encouraged to follow suit. Across the nation, many …

Do Cities Need More Autonomy?

Aaron Renn and Stephen Lisauskas debate the advantages and disadvantages of more local autonomy

Which policies should California change or adopt to promote economic growth?

Stephen Levy and Ed Ring debate the best way to strengthen the California economy

Are public pension systems on the road to recovery?

Jason Richwine and Keith Brainard debate the state of public pensions across the nation

Are Dues Check-Off and Agency Shop in the Public Interest?

Daniel DiSalvo and Joseph Slater debate the arguments for and against dues check-off and agency shop legal provisions that benefit public-sector unions

State Receivership or Bankruptcy: What Leads to the Best Outcomes for Cash Strapped Cities in America?

Steven Greenhut and Michael Stampfler debate the best way to rescue American cities facing fiscal emergencies.

The Parent Trigger: A Positive Step or a Distraction for Improving Our Public Schools?

Ben Boychuk and Julie Cavanagh debate new legislative efforts that enable parents to take over failing schools