For the past week, we’ve been advocating for passage of two legislative measures introduced by Nebraska State Senator John Nelson; LB664 and LR29CA. Both measures would prohibit collective bargaining by the State with public employees; LB664 would repeal certain Nebraska laws that provide for the practice and LR29CA would give Nebraskans an opportunity to vote in November 2012 to put that prohibition in the State’s Constitution.
The only way to ensure that government employees’ compensation and benefits – a major issue for any government budget – don’t eventually bankrupt our state and local governments is to ensure that collective bargaining is taken out of the equation.
Problems with the costs of public employees are not just a problem in the State of Nebraska; this segment from one of John Stossel’s show focuses on public employee unions and their impact on State and local budgets.
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Author Steven Greenhut, one of John Stossel’s guests, appeared on California talk show host Dennis Prager’s show last fall. The interview focused on some common misconceptions about two particular public employee sectors; fire and police. Most people rightfully respect public safety officers and appreciate the work they do.
It’s important to form opinions based on fact, not emotion, however, and the interview with Greenhut on this topic is illuminating. Click HERE to listen.