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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. . .

Will the Empire State strike back?

Scott Walker’s victory in Wisconsin should embolden Gov. Andrew Cuomo to push harder for reform of public-sector collective bargaining rules in New York State — starting with repeal of the Triborough Amendment, which locks in place automatic pay increases for government union workers even after …

Why Walker Won Wisconsin

Must-reads for today: Two fantastic op-eds by PSI contributors on the results of the recall election in Wisconsin. The first by Steven Malanga on RealClearMarkets.com shows that there’s implications for other states – like Illinois:

Scott Walker decided not to hide from his state’s fiscal woes, and …

Barrett says he supports cutting benefits, too

Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett is running to replace Scott Walker because of Walker’s supposed attacks on public employees, but according to a report by Wisconsin Reporter (one of the Franklin Center Web sites that I oversee), Barrett stands by his calls to rein in public employee pay and benefits, also. Reported Dustin Hurst

Public pensions in Wisconsin: still generous, still costly

One of the media storylines surrounding today’s recall vote in Wisconsin is that Gov. Scott Walker has enacted radical, sweeping public-sector reforms. While the new restrictions on collective bargaining and dues collection may help reduce public-sector compensation in the long run, Walker’s direct impact on government compensation has been fairly modest.
Take pensions, for example.

Ready for some numbers

How not to interpret the Wisconsin election

David Gergen, in his inimitable style, manages to obfuscate the issues at stake in the Wisconsin election. The money quote from his piece is: “there is a difference between fixing what is broken in public employee unions and trying to destroy them.”  This is a pleasingly Clintonesque statement (remember “mend it, don’t end it”) that allows Gergen to be on both sides of the issue.

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 …

Wisconsin public workers still hold huge lead

The Wisconsin public employee unions don’t hold a lead in their efforts to recall Scott Walker. The GOP governor actually holds a 5 to 10 percentage point edge in the polls for Tuesday’s voting. But the public workers do hold a big lead in total …

New Poll: Scott Walker up 7 heading into next week’s recall election

Over at the National Review Online, I run down the latest Marquette poll, which has Scott Walker leading Tom Barrett by a 52 percent to 45 percent margin:

According to pollster Charles Franklin, since April there have been 16 gubernatorial recall polls taken; yet none have shown Barrett in the lead. (Although one just released today by a liberal group showed the race tied.) The poll has Walker’s favorability rating at 51 percent favorable to 45 percent unfavorable, with Walker’s job-approval numbers virtually identical.

Tom Barrett: union man?

Some following the Wisconsin recall have suggested that public sector unions couldn’t be all that powerful if they couldn’t secure the nomination for their handpicked candidate, Kathleen Falk, who promised not to sign a budget that didn’t reverse Governor Walker’s collective bargaining reforms. The eventual Democratic nominee, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, has however come out clearly in favor of the unions’ agenda