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The One Percent SolutionHow Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time$
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Gordon Lafer

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501703065

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501703065.001.0001

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Wisconsin and Beyond

Wisconsin and Beyond

Dismantling the Government

(p.44) 1 Wisconsin and Beyond
The One Percent Solution

Gordon Lafer

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the legislative attacks on the public sector aimed at eliminating employee union rights and slashing public services. Corporate lobbies and their legislative allies saw the 2010 elections as an opportunity to restructure labor relations, political power, and the size of government. With no guarantee that their dominance would last into the future, the 2011–2012 legislatures were driven by an urgency to pursue ambitious reforms while it was politically feasible. The chapter analyzes the extent of this legislative offensive as well as its underlying motives and ultimate objectives. It also asks why large, private corporations would spend significant time, money, and energy fighting public employee unions in Wisconsin or Ohio, and whether public employees are to blame for state budget deficits. Finally, it discusses the political and economic impacts of antiunionism and who benefited from cutting public employee compensation and pensions.

Keywords:   public sector, employee union rights, public services, corporate lobbies, legislature, public employee unions, public employees, state budget deficits, antiunionism, public employee compensation

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