| Jan 3, 2014
| 5:05 AM
A group representing retired state workers on Thursday filed the second lawsuit challenging sweeping changes to the state’s public employee pension system, arguing the measure violates a clause in the Illinois Constitution intended to protect...
| Jan 5, 2014
Re "City workers get last raise in '07 deal," Jan. 2
As a dedicated 30-plus-year librarian with the city of Los Angeles, I was disturbed by this article's implication that city workers are getting rich with these long-overdue raises.
In fact, city...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 12:18 PM
Much has been made recently about proposed pay increases for some Maryland's politicians, but even the highest-earning elected officials don't come close to the top of the state-employee income scale.
Gov. Martin O'Malley's 2012 income of $150,000 was...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:31 PM
Let the California public employee pension war of 2014 begin.
On Monday, state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris released the ballot title and summary for San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s pension initiative, which would allow government agencies to negotiate...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 8:23 PM
WASHINGTON — The future of public-sector labor unions may rest with conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court debated whether teachers and other public employees should continue to be required to pay union fees, even if...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 11:43 AM
Public employees have a right to be represented by a union and to collective bargaining in states like Maryland where the law allows it. And the only way such a system can work — at least on a practical level — is to require all those...
| Jan 23, 2014
Workers shouldn't have to choose between their jobs and their consciences. They shouldn't have to pay money to press a political agenda they don't agree with, and if they belong to a union that uses their dues for politicking, as most unions do, they...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 4:40 PM
As tempting as it is to make the 2014 election a referendum on Democrat Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, more is required of Connecticut Republicans to win the trust of voters.
The key to energizing voters is to offer a credible plan on how life in Connecticut...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 6:26 PM
SACRAMENTO — California's huge pension fund reported a 16.2% return on its investments in 2013 — its best results in more than a decade.
The California Public Employees' Retirement System, which provides benefits to about 1.7 million state...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 6:36 PM
Senior lawmakers unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Monday that would keep the federal government running for most of this year while directing hundreds of millions of dollars to Maryland interests — from the James Webb Space Telescope to...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 4:51 PM
Not long ago state officials in Maryland faced a technology roadblock that anyone who works at a private company would find quaint: There was no easy way to blast an email to the entire workforce.
For an administration led by an early BlackBerry addict,...