Time to Enforce Texas Constitution’s Bar on Taxpayer Subsidies to Private Parties

Use of taxpayer funds should be reserved for purely public purposes, not the private benefit of an individual, corporation, or association. Yet, Texas public employee unions, which are officially private organizations, receive a direct subsidy from local governments in the form of release time, a practice that allows public employees to conduct union business during working hours without loss of pay.

Rauner, unions vow to appeal ruling limiting state worker paychecks

By Kim Geiger and Monique Garcia, Chicago Tribune

Dealing a blow to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s pledge to keep public worker paychecks flowing while state government limps along without a budget, a Cook County judge ruled Tuesday that state employees must be paid only federal minimum wage while the broader political battle at the Capitol plays out.

State House panel to vote on collective-bargaining transparency bills

Pennsylvania Business Daily

Two bills designed to make union collective-bargaining negotiations more publicly transparent will be discussed and voted on by the House State Government Committee at a meeting to be convened by state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Dist. 12), the committee’s chairman, on Tuesday at 8 a.m. in Room G-50 of the Irvis Office Building.