Magazine March 21, 2011, Issue

It’s Not Just Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison (Wikimedia Commons)
And it’s not just Republicans, either

The knock-down, drag-out fight in Wisconsin isn’t about how much public employees will pay toward their pensions and health-insurance premiums. As union members have loudly insisted, they are willing to make concessions this year on those items, so long as Gov. Scott Walker will leave their collective-bargaining rights alone. The reason both sides have dug in is that they understand the long-term stakes: By reforming collective bargaining, Walker stands not only to achieve cost savings this year, but also to reassert the state’s control over runaway employment costs for years to come — and to allow local governments to do

Josh Barro — Mr. Barro is the Walter B. Wriston fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His research is focused on state and local fiscal policy.

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Books, Arts & Manners


The Fischer King

A review of Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall — From America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness, by Frank Brady.



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