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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Gov. Terry Branstad said he will press the Legislature to overhaul state labor laws that he said have become too friendly for unions. Branstad said he will ask lawmakers to remove health insurance from the list of topics over which the two sides must bargain, and would give the governor and Legislature the authority to overturn a decision reached by an arbitrator. "A lot of state employees are going to get 15% increases over the next two years and pay nothing towards health insurance. We need to get back to a system that is more equitable and more fair," said Branstad. Branstad said the state's collective bargaining law was approved in 1974, and many things, such as the cost of health insurance, have changed since then.
Originally posted by stephinrazin
I agree that the fiscal issues force action. I also think a combination of increased corporate tax would make the union cuts easier to swallow. It really does not matter though. The states are too far in debt, and the dollar is too far lost. Only a matter of time before state pensions, social security, welfare, unemployment, and other subsidies end. I heard someone on the news say, "We arguing over the bar tab on the titanic as it sinks." That is about right. Unless you froze all national defense spending and entitlement programs today, and then raised taxes a great deal our country will default. Not that even if you did you could ever pay back the debt because it can never be repaid in the current federal reserve system. All roads of economic hardship lead back to the Fed.