Wisconsin's runaway Senators

Wisconsin's runaway Senators

Democrat Wisconsin Senators took off today instead of voting on a bill that would enact pension reforms and place some controls on collective bargaining for unions in their state. With them gone, the Senate lost their quorum and can not proceed the vote. About 10,000 teachers, nurses, city workers and firefighters gathered at the Capitol…

Daily Fix, Jan 19

Utah gets props from the Wall Street Journal and an F from NARAL. Legislative audits highlight problems with state-run parks and DCFS and one more US Senator is expected to announce his resignation. *Senator Dan Liljenquist led the fight on pension reform and now Utah’s reforms are becoming the model legislation for states around the…

Daily Fix, Dec 30

The #snowpocalypse finally came to Utah. Slide-offs, crashes, road closures, jack-knifed semis – this one had it all. Be safe out there. Fox 13 *Curious about the seating chart for the Utah Senate? Ric Cantrell breaks it down, with some amusing commentary. Senate Site *Governor Herbert will be sworn in on Monday, January 3rd at…

Pension Reform And Why It Matters

By guest blogger, John Cheshire Back in February our State Legislature took on the difficult, but pressing, issue of pension reform.  They attacked the issue head-on and made some dramatic changes to the state URS or Utah Retirement System.  Senate Bills 43 and 63, which were based on recommendations proposed by Sen. Dan Liljenquist of Bountiful, passed through…

Here's what leadership looks like

Governor Christie of New Jersey is getting quite a reputation as a “fiscal hawk”. He held a town hall recently and had the following confrontation. He stays quite calm as he talks about the financial realities – and living with union leaders who pray for his death. There’s a nice touch.

California's pension cliff

California's pension cliff

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal last week that lays out the stark reality of California’s budget crisis. Bluntly stated, without significant public pension reform, the state budget is shot all to heck – leading to its inevitable demise.  “Here’s the plain truth,” says Schwarzenegger. “California simply cannot solve its…

State budgets without pension reform

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