Weekend Reading

One of the frequent arguments we hear at Governing is that public employee unions are running the asylum in too many places. The Washington Post ...
by | June 12, 2006

One of the frequent arguments we hear at Governing is that public employee unions are running the asylum in too many places. The Washington Post had a story Sunday about prisons in California and the political clout of the guards' union that offers a pretty convincing case in point, and in so doing illustrates why the Guvernator hasn't been able to follow through on his plans to centralize control of the state's correctional facilities and bureaucracy.

The latest issue of The Economist takes South Carolina to task, making a slightly less convincing case that the state has all its spending priorities bass-ackwards. The evidence here is that South Carolina stiffs its impoverished rural schools, while planning to spend nearly $100 million to preserve and display a Civil War-era submarine.

Admittedly, the latter sounds like a complete boondoggle, yet even if state Senator Glenn McConnell weren't steering millions to float his marvelous toy, there's certainly no guarantee that the money would find its way any closer to the kiddies.