A new USA Today/Gallup Poll reports that 61 percent of Americans oppose Wisconsin-style measures to strip their state’s public employees of their collective bargaining rights.
The Wisconsin bill has triggered an uproar in the Badger State, with huge throngs of protesters filling the state capitol and teachers shutting down some public schools.
Is it too easy to blame public employee unions for state and local budget woes? Didn’t our elected officials approve the pay and benefits in union contracts in negotiations with those unions? Didn’t we elect and re-elect those officials amid warnings from many quarters that state and local budgets might not be sustainable?