Category: State & Local Budgets
Act 10 Creates Corrections Crisis in Wisconsin
In 2010, Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections (DOC) boasted near full employment with well-trained, experienced corrections officers who considered the job a career and earned a fair wage with good benefits. Act 10 changed everything.
Iowa Corrections Managers Cost Taxpayers
Iowa corrections managers are taking advantage of an improper loophole to gain up to an extra week of vacation and two extra weeks of additional sick time – a violation of state rules that has cost taxpayers more than $1 million in the past five years.
Florida Budget Winners: A Select Few
Now that Florida lawmakers have signed off on a $78 billion budget, which Gov. Scott approved after vetoing more than $461 million in spending projects, we can sift through the small print to get a sense of what the governor considers important.
Washington State Employees Take ‘Unity Breaks’ Over Stalled Pay Raises
Thousands of state employees walked out of more than 80 worksites this week to urge the state legislature to end the stalemate and implement negotiated pay raises for state workers.
AFSCME Helps Push Kenney to Win in Philly
AFSCME members were instrumental in helping former AFSCME member Jim Kenney land a decisive win in the Democratic primary for mayor on May 19. Jim Kenney is the son of a firefighter and a former AFSCME District 1199C member.
Maryland Law Would Regulate Outsourcing
Maryland public employees will play a greater role in ensuring the state does not outsource public services in a reckless manner under a measure signed into law last week by Gov. Larry Hogan.
Right-to-Work Scam Hurts All Workers
According to EPI, wages in RTW states are 3.1 percent lower than they are in non-RTW states. That’s a difference in pay of $1,558 a year for a typical full-time, full-year employee, the report says.
Missouri Legislature Passes Right-to-Work Scam
The anti-worker majority in the Missouri Legislature passed so-called “right to work” legislation last week, defying Gov. Jay Nixon to issue his promised veto of the bill.
Atlantic City Council Forced to Kill Water Outsourcing Measure
Confronted with community opposition, the Atlantic City Council rejected a measure that could have led to outsourcing municipal water services. "Workers and residents were determined to keep their elected officials from selling out their city.”
N.Y. Mayor Sets Stage for Real Change in Washington
Members of Congress and labor leaders gathered today with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he unveiled his Progressive Agenda. It includes reforms like higher minimum wage, free preschool for all children, and paid family leave for workers.
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