Tag archive for Scott Walker

Do Republicans need a national urban agenda?

Early next month, Sen. Rand Paul will lay out a proposal to help Detroit and other distressed cities that will reportedly contain the following elements:
forgiving federal personal income and corporate taxes as well as potentially payroll taxes in distressed cities to spur more hiring and attract …

The Battle for Wisconsin, in Retrospect

In Madison, Wisconsin, a protest at the State Capitol usually just means it is a day ending in “y.”  The city of 200,000 residents is home to the state’s government and the heavily activist University of Wisconsin, so demonstrations of some sort occur on an …

Tough nerd gets no love

Are Americans weary of partisanship? If so, then why is Michigan governor Rick Snyder having such a hard time?
Snyder, a Republican, became governor in 2010, the first public office he ever sought.  A political outsider and successful businessman, he styles himself “one tough nerd,” more …

Judicial overreach in Wisconsin

Over at Pointoflaw.com, Adam Freedman describes Judge Juan Colas’ opinion striking down the Wisconsin collective bargaining reforms of Scott Walker as “a thinly veiled piece of judicial activism.” The heart of the decision, writes Freedman:

… appears to be this single sentence on page 15: “Although the statutes do not prohibit speech or associational activities, the statutes do impose burdens on employees’ exercise of those rights when they do so for the purpose of recognition of their association as an exclusive bargaining agent.”

Factions and the GOP

Heading into the Republican Convention, there has been much speculation about the effect of factions inside the GOP. There are the libertarian followers of Ron Paul, the Tea Partiers, and the reformers from various states. In many accounts, factionalism has a negative connotation. But, as I’ve argued at length in a recent …

In case you missed this. . .

One of my colleagues here at the Manhattan Institute, Fred Siegel, wrote a great post-recall election piece for National Review Online that does an outstanding job of framing the national and historical implications of Walker’s victory in Wisconsin. Siegel is honest about the future of public-sector unions and makes it clear that June 5, 2012 will not be the last “show of force” in this ongoing saga. Be sure to give it a read. . .

Challenging union power and privilege: from Wisconsin to Colorado

A lot of attention rightly has been given to this week’s electoral results from Wisconsin — and to a lesser extent, San Diego and San Jose — which show some real hollowness in government union political strength. Leaders at the state and city level (Scott Walker foremost among them) have been vindicated for pursuing bold strategies to rein in lavish pension and benefit plans or to limit directly the privileges many unions have enjoyed… and abused. Other governors, legislators, mayors and councilmen are expected to follow suit. Yet at the same time, less-publicized events in a Colorado school district soon may end up resulting in a similar ripple effect

Will the Empire State strike back?

Scott Walker’s victory in Wisconsin should embolden Gov. Andrew Cuomo to push harder for reform of public-sector collective bargaining rules in New York State — starting with repeal of the Triborough Amendment, which locks in place automatic pay increases for government union workers even after …

Barrett says he supports cutting benefits, too

Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett is running to replace Scott Walker because of Walker’s supposed attacks on public employees, but according to a report by Wisconsin Reporter (one of the Franklin Center Web sites that I oversee), Barrett stands by his calls to rein in public employee pay and benefits, also. Reported Dustin Hurst

Progressives should support Scott Walker

The Wisconsin recall movement has been portrayed as a progressive movement to counter the proposals of a Republican governor and Legislature, but there’s no reason progressive Democrats shouldn’t support Scott Walker — just as many progressives are supporting pension reform in San Jose and elsewhere. In my column this week, I argue