The Wrong Target: Public Sector Unions and State Budget Deficits

October 16, 2011
   

The economy fell off a cliff in 2008 as we experienced the most devastating downturn since the Great Depression. Unemployment hit double digits resulting in significant economic hardship and increasing demands on government safety nets and services to help those in need. At the same time, state revenues plummeted as workers lost their jobs and business activity contracted. As states struggled to balance their budgets in this weak economic climate, public officials in multiple states argued that the fiscal gaps were due to government workers and their unions.

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