Unions vs. Taxpayers – Part 1 of 2

From the NYT a few days ago:

Across the nation, a rising irritation with public employee unions is palpable, as a wounded economy has blown gaping holes in state, city and town budgets, and revealed that some public pension funds dangle perilously close to bankruptcy. In California, New York, Michigan and New Jersey, states where public unions wield much power and the culture historically tends to be pro-labor, even longtime liberal political leaders have demanded concessions — wage freezes, benefit cuts and tougher work rules.

(Full story here.)

Wow!  That the NY Times would write such a story means you know things are tough for unions.

I’m not anti-union, I’m pro-taxpayer.  We need an environment that is pro-growth in order to overcome the massive debt we’ve accumulated over the years.  Pro-growth means pro-business.  Pro-growth means low taxes.  Pro-growth means balanced budgets, a talented labor pool, good infrastructure, and easy access to capital.

If we’re not pro-growth then we will NOT survive.