Author Michael Allegretti

Agenda for Detroit: Why policing matters

by Michael Allegretti and George Kelling.
This is the six article in the series “Agenda for Detroit,” the purpose of which is to offer policy recommendations for a post-bankrupt Detroit. The series will culminate with the live stream event “Detroit: The Next American City of Opportunity,” featuring …

Three bites of an apple leaves taxpayers holding a rotten core

Much has been said in recent months about the growing power of public sector unions in American government and their coercive effect on sustainable fiscal management, but nowhere in the nation is the power of public sector unions more destructive and unrivaled than in California. …

The Truth Behind Teachers Unions

Public sector unions – among them teachers’ unions – are a very powerful force in American politics that increasingly works against the interests of taxpayers. Experts such as our own Steven Malanga, in Shakedown and more recently, Mallory Factor in Shadowbosses, have spent years examining …

Can good policy be good politics?

My colleague, Andrew Marcum, has a great recap of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s visit to the Manhattan Institute yesterday afternoon, where the Governor discussed his experience reforming Wisconsin’s public sector (video here.). We hope to hear more from Andrew in the coming weeks. Here is Andrew’s first post on PSI recapping the event:

 

 

Governor Walker’s advice seemed especially relevant given recent financial calamities in Scranton, Pennsylvania; Mammoth Lakes, California; and Stockton, California, as well as Moody’s estimates released yesterday placing national public pension debt at a whopping  2.2 trillion dollars.

Another big setback for public sector unions

Courtesy of my colleague and friend Isaac Gorodetski, Adam Freedman writes at PointofLaw.com,

“This morning, the Supreme Court ruled that public sector unions have to get “affirmative consent” from non-members if they want to charge them for things like political spending. This groundbreaking precedent will have a huge impact on the ongoing debate on just how far public sector unions can impinge on the free speech rights of workers. . .”

Can you handle the truth?

TIP Logo.pngLast year, Rhode Island General Treasurer and 2011 Manhattan Institute Urban Innovator award winner Gina Raimondo crisscrossed the Ocean State with a simple message to lawmakers, citizens and public employees: the public pension problem was about math, not politics. Her successful pension reform proposal was based on a report entitled “Truth in Numbers,” which shined a light on the real costs and liabilities facing her state. It was an honest effort that forced everyone to take a hard look at the facts, and in the end, take action. Now a national, non-partisan coalition of policy organizations and citizen groups – Truth in Pensions - has come together to demand the same sort of transparency in state and local government pension accounting.

In case you missed this. . .

One of my colleagues here at the Manhattan Institute, Fred Siegel, wrote a great post-recall election piece for National Review Online that does an outstanding job of framing the national and historical implications of Walker’s victory in Wisconsin. Siegel is honest about the future of public-sector unions and makes it clear that June 5, 2012 will not be the last “show of force” in this ongoing saga. Be sure to give it a read. . .

Wisconsin recall is about equity between two classes

This morning I had the pleasure of joining central Wisconsin radio host Pat Snyder to discuss today’s recall election in Wisconsin and the larger lessons that the nation must takeaway from this battleground state. Wisconsin shows that conservatives can advocate cutting taxes and limiting government …

‘Disappointed’ is an understatement

Mayor Bloomberg put it quite well when he stated, “[T]he actuary is supposedly going to lower the assumed reinvestment rate from an absolutely hysterical, laughable 8 percent to a totally indefensible 7 or 7.5 percent.” Given yesterday’s front-page story in The New York Times on …

Get your boxing gloves out!

Be sure to catch the opening statements in this week’s PublicSectorInc.org online debate at 12pm today. Throughout this week, Manhattan Institute senior fellow Dan DiSalvo and University of Toledo professor Joseph Slater will be debating whether “dues check-off” and “agency shop” – two unique fund-raising …