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Here’s the problem: They are not offering a better solution. They are just standing in the way. And that is not acceptable.
But rank-and-file Democrats who are blocking reform deserve the best shot the governor can deliver. If they succeed in blocking this reform, the fall election will turn into a referendum on this question.
Granted, this reform is not perfect. One example: It allows the state to short the pension funds for another six years, an excruciatingly slow phase-in that adds to the burden on public workers. Given the state’s history of skipping these payments, that seems unfair.
And yes, the final bill was released only yesterday, and there may be mischief buried inside. Sweeney’s first proposal contained a provision that seemed designed to generate new business for insurance brokers, including his patron, political boss
Still, this is a reasonable reform on the whole. Collective bargaining hasn’t worked well at the local level in
This reform is the best shot we have. Committee hearings start tomorrow in the