CEI Today: Public sector unions, bailout of Highway Trust Fund, and Tech Policy Summit


Governor Walker’s Victory Spells Doom For Public Sector Unions


Public sector unions have reached their high water mark. Let the cleanup begin as the red ink recedes.

Despite a last-minute smear campaign accusing Scott Walker of fathering an illegitimate love child, the governor’s recall election victory sends a clear message that should resonate around the nation: The fiscal cancer devouring state budgets has a cure, and he has found it. The costly defeat for the entrenched union interests that tried to oust Walker in retribution for challenging their power was marked by President Obama’s refusal to lend his weight to the campaign for fear of being stained by defeat. We’ll see how well this strategy of opportunistic detachment serves in the fall as Obama reaches out to unions for support. > View the full commentary on Forbes.com

> Interview Bill Frezza

See also:

In Confronting Unions, Walker Further than Reagan

Walker's Victory is a Victory for Worker Freedom

After Wisconsin, whither Government Unions ?

Wisconsin Recall FAIL: This is What Democracy Looks Like

> Keep up with all labor policy and politics at Workplacechoice.org


Vincent Vernuccio on Scott Walker's Recall Victory




CEI Coalition Letter Opposing Taxpayer Bailout of Highway Trust Fund

CEI organized a coalition letter today to highway bill conferees and House and Senate leadership.  The letter supports Rep. Broun’s motion urging conferees to oppose general revenue bail outs of the Highway Trust Fund.

"If Congress enacts a highway bill that fails to meaningfully constrain surface transportation spending, it will effectively leave taxpayers on the hook to bail out the Highway Trust Fund. Such an outcome would be fiscally dangerous and contradict Americans’ shared interest in preserving an efficient and fair surface transportation network."

> View the coalition letter

>Interview transportation policy expert Marc Scribner


Ten Thousand Commandments 2012

An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State
May 15, 2012

The scope of federal government spending and deficits is sobering. Yet the government’s reach extends well beyond the taxes Washington collects and its deficit spending and borrowing. Federal environmental, safety and health, and economic regulations cost hundreds of billions—perhaps trillions—of dollars every year over and above the costs of the official federal outlays that dominate the policy debate.

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