California’s public unions have too much clout and compensation

By Daniel DiSalvo, Los Angeles Times

Mayor Eric Garcetti, a pro-labor Democrat, has tried to restore ties with Los Angeles’ public employee unions after most of them backed his opponent in the 2013 mayoral race. Nevertheless, the mayor is sticking with the hard line he has taken in contract talks: asking city workers to accept a three-year wage freeze, pay 10% of their healthcare premiums (many currently pay nothing) and accept a higher retirement age.

Will the teachers unions ever learn?

By Armstrong Williams, The Washington Times

In November the frustrations of Maryland’s voters with their state’s failed Democrat leadership finally boiled over and provided Larry Hogan an upset victory over the Democrats’ chosen candidate, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

Make right to work part of the ’15 legislative agenda

Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board

The issue of finally converting New Mexico to a “right-to-work” state should not be posed as a Republican vs. Democrat, employer vs. union measure when the Legislature convenes in January. Because at its core it is much more important than the rhetoric in a political echo chamber.

Rauner urges restraint on minimum wage — City Council ignores him

Chicago Sun-Times

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner criticized Democrats Tuesday for creating what he termed a “phony” and “fundamentally wrong” state spending plan he said would create budget deficits “far worse” than what’s been discussed — and urged Mayor Rahm Emanuel to hold off on his effort to raise the minimum wage in Chicago.