Demoting California – WSJ.com
REVIEW & OUTLOOK MAY 9, 2009
Unions hold the state’s stimulus hostage.
One of the biggest stories in politics earlier this year was about California’s budget teetering on the edge of a $42-billion deficit abyss. It only staved off insolvency when its legislature ended three months of gridlock to pass a budget with steep tax hikes and spending cuts. Guess what the Obama Administration is doing? It is telling Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that it will revoke nearly $7 billion in federal stimulus money unless the state restores legislated wage cuts for unionized health-care workers.
Obama Administration to federalism: Drop dead.
In its budget deal, California agreed to $74 million in wage cuts for unionized home health-care workers. The Service Employees International Union huffed to the higher power in Washington, which duly agreed to hold California’s stimulus hostage.