Recall election jeopardizes union reforms

If a national symbol exists for the movement to rein in the power of public employee unions, it is Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker. He pushed aggressive measures to curb the power and influence of government unions and now faces a union-funded recall campaign, which, if successful will empower unions and expand their power in [...]

Their view: Rhode Island pension reforms a model for N.M.

Paul Gessing, president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, says its time for state pension reform.

Governor proposes ethics and campaign finance reforms, domestic partnerships for unmarried same-sex couples

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson warned Tuesday of possible government worker layoffs in the coming year if state agency budgets are slashed and he declared his opposition to reinstating the sales tax on food to deal with New Mexico’s financial problems. On the opening day of the Legislature’s 30-day session, Richardson [...]

Gates’ proposed defense reforms highly unlikely

Staff and wire reports General Motors on Friday told about 1,100 of its dealers — one in five — they would be dropped by late next year, adding to the economic pain radiating from the beleaguered Detroit automakers to cities and towns across the country. Clovis GM dealership owner Bryce Bender said he did not [...]

D.C. area becoming test bed of military medical reforms

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Extraordinary steps in the evolution of military medicine are occurring in the Washington, D.C., area where new medical facilities are being built to consolidate services, and a joint command is being readied to adopt cutting-edge concepts to improve quality and efficiency of service health care. Two famed medical facilities — [...]

Senators look to build on FOIA reforms

This year’s Sunshine Week — today through Saturday — brings new rays of hope for the public’s right to know. The first reform to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in more than a decade is newly on the books, and increasing government transparency is becoming a greater part of public debate and discussion. [...]

Reforms should establish small government

Freedom Newspapers To paraphrase Lord Acton, Big Government corrupts, and absolute Big Government corrupts absolutely. In the case of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., who pleaded guilty Monday to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense companies, the corruption was reported to have included Persian carpets, silver candelabras, a Rolls-Royce, antique furniture, travel and [...]