Lost in the Wisconsin Shuffle: Two California Cities Rebuked Public Unions Last Night
12:15 PM, Jun 6, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
While all eyes were on Wisconsin last night, few people noticed that public sector unions were also being targeted in California last night. Residents of both San Diego and San Jose voted to rein in exorbitant public employee retirement packages by huge margins:
Also worth noting is that these measures had support from key Democrats at the local level. Purple Wisconsin may be seen as the vanguard in the battle against public sector unions, but the places where the problems with public sector unions and their enormous pension and health care liabilities are the most acute tend to be more blue. After Wisconsin, the ultimate problem for defenders of public sector unions is not that GOP governors -- who never got any campaign cash from unions anyway -- will be more inclined to go after unions. It's that Democrats in states such as California, who are increasingly hedged in by crushing fiscal burdens, are feeling increasingly empowered to target unions.