Should Police and Firefighters be Exempted from Union Reforms?

By Edward Ring
Advocates of public sector union reform point to fundamental differences between unions in the competitive private sector vs. those unions that organize government workers. Briefly stated, private sector unions must moderate their demands or the companies they bargain with will go out of business; private sector unions exercise little influence over who is going to...

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Update on Detroit’s Looming Bankruptcy

By Mike Shedlock
The hollowing out of Detroit is nearly complete. All that’s left is a bankrupt shell of a city with no services and scattered citizens that do not pay taxes. The Detroit News reports Half of Detroit Property Owners Don’t Pay Taxes Nearly half of the owners of Detroit’s 305,000 properties failed to pay their tax...

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Michigan Forbids City of Hamtramck to Seek Bankruptcy

By Mike Shedlock
A few days ago I noted Hamtramck, Michigan Seeks Bankruptcy. That Hamtramck is clearly bankrupt, unable to bay bills, saddled with unions salaries, pension promises that cannot be met, as well as other problems it desperately needs to get rid of without burdening taxpayers even more, is of no concern to the current governor of...

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