| Nov 16, 2013
| 3:01 PM
"We must be aware of needless innovation, especially when guided by logic." — Winston Churchill
It's heartening for taxpayers that transparency in public employee labor negotiations is starting to spread across Orange County and even the state....
| Nov 27, 2013
| 3:46 PM
Top Illinois legislators said today they’ve reached agreement on a plan to deal with the state’s worst-in-the-nation unfunded public pension liability and expect to vote on it next week.
Details of the measure were unclear today and its...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 2:40 PM
In 2011, tens of thousands of government employees and others, enraged by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's determination to break the ruinously expensive and paralyzing grip that government workers unions had on Wisconsin, took over the capitol building in...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:22 AM
For Gov. Pat Quinn, putting pen to paper on a bill to salvage the nation's worst-funded state employee pension system will be a signature moment both literally and politically.
More than two years of the governor's repeated calls for action on the...
| Dec 4, 2013
— Illinois lawmakers narrowly approved a historic, sweeping overhaul of government worker pension systems Tuesday, overcoming years of political and philosophical differences in an attempt to address one of the state's most pressing financial...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 5:47 PM
Sen. Ben Cardin sent a letter to Democratic Senate leaders Thursday expressing outrage over reports that a budget deal developing in Congress may include further cuts to the federal workforce -- the latest member of Maryland's delegation to push back on...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 6:10 PM
A Los Angeles City Council panel voted Monday to let the Department of Water and Power scale back the cost of hiring away workers from other city agencies, despite objections from workers outside the DWP.
The council's Budget and Finance Committee...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 12:54 PM
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday finalized a salary deal with the powerful union that represents Department of Water and Power workers, obtaining a hike in the retirement age for future employees and no pay increases for three years.
The pay pact...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 7:29 PM
Congressional negotiators announced a $1.01 trillion budget agreement on Tuesday that would avoid another government shutdown but deliver an additional round of cuts to federal employees in Maryland.
The two-year deal would replace $63 billion in...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 1:24 PM
It's been a rough few weeks for public employee unions.
First, a federal judge in the Detroit bankruptcy case ruled the city's public employee pensions could be cut just like any other debt, challenging the belief that the retirement benefits were...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 7:38 PM
During the debate over the Affordable Care Act, critics in Congress warned that the law would mean that many Americans would lose their existing employer-provided insurance coverage.
But when a key part of the law takes effect in January, the ones who...