US States Budget Crisis
By Tom Eley, 25 March 2011
The executives who run Wisconsin’s public sector unions have responded to the passage of Governor Scott Walker’s anti-worker bill by rushing to put in place contracts that impose all of the bill’s demands for financial concessions on the state’s 375,000 teachers, nurses, city workers and other public employees.
By Jerry White, 23 March 2011
In the two weeks since state Republicans passed Governor Walker’s anti-worker bill, unions across Wisconsin have rushed to sign agreements slashing workers’ wages and benefits.
By Nick Rodriguez, 23 March 2011
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has announced a plan to link paltry state aid for cities to local governments’ implementation of cuts to the pay and benefits of municipal workers.
By David Brown, 23 March 2011
Teachers unions across California are throwing their support behind Democratic Governor Jerry Brown’s regressive tax proposal.
By Ed Hightower, 23 March 2011
The Georgia House of Representatives recently approved an $18.25 billion state budget for the 2012 fiscal year that makes drastic cuts to essential services and raises state workers’ and retirees’ insurance premiums by 20 percent.
By Nick Rodriguez, 22 March 2011
Unions in Wisconsin have agreed to impose devastating concessions on their members in exchange for preserving automatic dues deductions.
By Naomi Spencer, 21 March 2011
As the Tennessee legislature pursues a slew of bills attacking collective bargaining rights and cutting teacher compensation, Governor Bill Haslam has announced a $40 million project to create 40 new charter schools in the state.
By Patrick Martin, 19 March 2011
A further hearing on the new law is set for March 29.
By James Brewer, 19 March 2011
Ohio’s governor has proposed a budget that cuts billions from the schools, health care, and aid to cities. It comes on the heels of another bill that outlaws collective bargaining and strikes for public sector workers.
By Ed Hightower, 19 March 2011
Governor Rick Scott of Florida said Wednesday he intended to sign a bill approved by both houses of the state legislature to drastically reduce living standards for public school teachers in the name of “merit pay.”
By Kevin Martinez, 19 March 2011
After assuming the office of governor, thanks in part to the endorsement of many public sector unions, California Democrat Jerry Brown is now eying “pension reform” as a means to cut state expenditures and address a $27 billion budget deficit.
By Tobin Reese, 18 March 2011
In a press conference in Madison on Wednesday, Governor Scott Walker proposed a massive state budget reduction for public schools.
17 March 2011
Hundreds demonstrated March 11 against the planned shutdown of more than 100 New York City senior centers.
By a WSWS reporting team, 17 March 2011
About 5,000 workers and youth demonstrated in Lansing, the capital of Michigan, against budget cuts and a bill that would grant dictatorial powers to financial managers over cities and schools.
By Ali Ismail, 17 March 2011
Retirees and other workers protested the planned shutdown of 105 senior centers across New York City
By Naomi Spencer, 17 March 2011
Kentucky’s Democratic Governor Steve Beshear ordered the legislature back after the close of the regular session March 9 to take up cuts in Medicaid spending.
By Tom Eley, 16 March 2011
A bill likely to be signed into law this week by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will give unelected emergency financial managers dictatorial power over cities and schools.
By Tobin Reese, 16 March 2011
In the wake of the passage of an historic law attacking the collective bargaining rights of public workers in Wisconsin, unions throughout the state are scrambling to sign concessionary contract extensions before the law goes into affect March 25.
By Tom Carter and Kim Saito, 16 March 2011
In anticipation of massive cuts at the statewide level, Long Beach, California issued layoff notices and announced school closures.
By Andre Damon, 15 March 2011
In this video, Wisconsin teachers and students speak on Governor Scott Walker’s cuts to public schools, the effect of social inequality on education, and the role of education in a democracy.
By Tobin Reese, 15 March 2011
The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to two Wisconsin state employees about the implications of Governor Scott Walker’s attack on worker rights, and the response of the unions.
By David Firestone, 15 March 2011
Tennessee legislators and the state’s newly instated Republican governor have introduced a series of bills aimed at smashing the teachers union and driving down wages.
By Jerry White, 14 March 2011
More than 100,000 workers, young people and other protesters marched in the Wisconsin state capital of Madison Saturday in the largest of the month-long demonstrations against attacks on public employees and cuts in public education, health care and other services.
By Jerry White, 14 March 2011
Wisconsin unions have responded to the attack on collective bargaining rights by handing over even greater concessions in order to demonstrate their usefulness to state officials and big business.
By Richard Vargas, 14 March 2011
A special meeting of the San Diego Unified School District, the second largest district in California, approved a proposal that represents another round in the attacks against the working class in the state.
14 March 2011
The WSWS interviewed several of the protesters who converged on the capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin Saturday.
By Socialist Equality Party, 12 March 2011
Workers must reject the surrender by the unions and mobilize their strength to overturn the anti-worker bill signed into law by Wisconsin Governor Walker Friday.
By Tom Eley, 12 March 2011
Whether dominated by Republican or Democratic Party politicians, US states are attacking workers’ rights. In some cases, pending legislation can only be described as dictatorial.
By Samuel Davidson, 12 March 2011
Governor Corbett is proposing the biggest cuts in higher education ever made by any state.
By Jerry White, 11 March 2011
The day after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker rammed through a bill to strip public workers of collective bargaining rights, union officials and state Democrats sought to contain social anger and block any decisive response by the working class.
By our reporter, 11 March 2011
On the evening of March 9, Republicans in the Wisconsin State Senate carried out a surprise vote on Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill, bypassing the required quorum by splitting off the sections dealing with budget appropriations.
By Shannon Jones, 11 March 2011
Some 10,000 workers rallied outside the Indiana Statehouse Thursday to protest pending anti-worker legislation.
By Tom Eley, 10 March 2011
In a provocative act taken with no warning, the Wisconsin Senate forced through a law that would cut collective bargaining rights and the benefits of government workers.
By Nikolai Barrickman, 10 March 2011
The recently passed Virginia budget cuts funds for education and social programs, boosts funds for state policing and includes a reactionary measure targeting abortion clinics.
Public meeting in Madison, Wisconsin
9 March 2011
The Socialist Equality Party and International Students for Social Equality are hosting a public meeting this Thursday, March 10, in Madison, Wisconsin to discuss the way forward in the fight against budget cuts in the state and throughout the US.
By Brad Sykes and Tom Eley, 9 March 2011
Several thousand workers from around the state of Ohio rallied in front of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus Tuesday in opposition to the anti-worker Senate Bill 5. The demonstration was timed to coincide with the State of the State address delivered by Republican Governor John Kasich, the legislation’s prime backer.
By Ed Hightower, 9 March 2011
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley rolled out plans last week to balance the state’s budget on the backs of working people, including public schools teachers and other state employees.
By Rosa Shahnazarian, 9 March 2011
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced her intention to cut state employee pension and health care benefits in a town hall meeting last week.
By Jerry White, 8 March 2011
As the determination of Wisconsin workers to fight the cuts hardens, state Democrats are searching for a way to cave in to the Republican governor’s demands.
By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 8 March 2011
Governor Christine Gregoire has proposed a 2011-2013 budget calling for more than $630 million in cuts to higher education.
By Andre Damon and Tobin Reese, 7 March 2011
As many as 50,000 workers and young people braved cold weather to demonstrate in the Wisconsin state capital of Madison Saturday, with another 15,000 coming out on Sunday to oppose the attack on public employees and social spending.
By Naomi Spencer, 7 March 2011
Public school students staged a series of walkouts in districts across the state of Idaho last week to protest planned budget cuts and teacher layoffs.
By Dan Conway, 7 March 2011
California Governor Jerry Brown has set a March 10 deadline to reach agreement on a budget to resolve the state’s $26 billion budget deficit.
By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2011
The World Socialist Web Site identifies some areas where money can be found to solve the US states’ budget crisis and meet social needs.
By Jerry White, 5 March 2011
Workers in the state capital are pressing ahead with their struggle to defeat Governor Walker’s attack on public employees and social spending cuts.
By Tom Eley, 4 March 2011
Late Wednesday evening the Ohio Senate approved a bill that outlaws government workers’ right to strike and engage in collective bargaining, setting the stage for massive wage and benefit cuts.
By Kate Randall, 4 March 2011
More than a thousand people crowded in front of City Hall in Providence, Rhode Island to protest Mayor Angel Taveras’ mass firing of city teachers.
By James Brewer, 4 March 2011
In late February, the entire fire department of Allen Park, Michigan received word that it might be out of work due to a $663,000 budget shortfall.
By David North, 3 March 2011
The budget presented by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Tuesday has caused profound shock and outrage among workers throughout the state.
By Jerry White, 3 March 2011
Governor Walker is proposing funding cuts and sweeping changes in the University of Wisconsin system.
By Tom Hall, 3 March 2011
Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal has proposed deep budget cuts to education and health care services to the poor.
By Jerry White, 2 March 2011
Teachers spoke out against Governor Walker’s new budget, which will slash nearly a billion dollars from public education.
By Jerry White, 2 March 2011
In a budget address Tuesday, Governor Scott Walker announced plans to gut public education and state health care programs for low-income families.
By Brad Sykes, 2 March 2011
About 8,500 workers and students demonstrated in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday against a bill that cuts wages and would strip government workers of the right to strike and bargain collectively.
By Tom Eley, 2 March 2011
Both Democratic and Republican governors are proposing devastating cuts to education, health care, and the jobs and pay of state workers.
By Jerry White, 1 March 2011
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will announce $1 billion dollars in budget cuts over the next two years in a speech before a joint session of the state legislature this afternoon.
By Jerry White, 1 March 2011
Hundreds of firefighters came to join the demonstrations of Wisconsin workers at the state capitol on Monday.
By Tom Eley, 28 February 2011
While over 100,000 determined workers and youth demonstrated in Madison, union officials were preparing to put an end to their struggle against wage cutting and attacks on basic social rights.
By Tom Eley, 28 February 2011
An on-the-spot report from Madison on the largest demonstration to date in the two-week struggle against Governor Scott Walker’s anti-worker bill.
By Jack Cody, 28 February 2011
California has been at the center of the transformation of the American economy from a system of producing socially useful commodities to one in which wealth is transferred to the financial class without going through the intermediate process of production.
By John Marion, 28 February 2011
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has filed bills attacking the health care benefits of municipal workers and advocating a cap on the amount insurance companies pay health care providers.
By Joseph Kishore and David North, 28 February 2011
The significance and implications of this conflict extend far beyond Wisconsin. The actions of the Walker administration, which have a distinctly dictatorial odor, are the spearhead of a ruthless nationwide assault on the working class.
By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2011
The struggle against the right-wing attack on jobs, living standards and democratic rights is at the crossroads.
By Andre Damon, 26 February 2011
During the week of February 14, tens of thousands of people attended demonstrations on the capitol square in Madison, Wisconsin, to voice their opposition to the budget cuts and other anti-working class measures proposed by Governor Scott Walker.
By Patrick Martin, 25 February 2011
Democrats back down over anti-worker legislation.
By Patrick Martin, 25 February 2011
Two incidents connected to the ongoing mass protests in Wisconsin underscore the utter ruthlessness of the ruling class in its determination to drive down the living conditions of workers, not only in that state but throughout the United States.
By Tom Eley, 24 February 2011
With protests in Madison continuing, the Wisconsin legislature began debate on Tuesday on a bill that would force major wage cuts on government workers and further restrict their legal right to strike and organize.
By Patrick Martin, 24 February 2011
Many governors are demanding cuts even more severe than those which have sparked a major confrontation in Wisconsin.
By Kyle Turner and Alexander Fangmann, 24 February 2011
The newly-elected Democratic president of the Cook County Board, Toni Preckwinkle, has proposed to close a $487 million deficit through severe budget cuts, mass layoffs, and furloughs.
24 February 2011
A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.
By Jerry White, 23 February 2011
Demonstrations continued in the state capital of Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday while protests inspired by the stand taken by Wisconsin workers spread to other states across the country, including Indiana and Ohio.
By Tom Eley and Andrea Peters, 23 February 2011
About 5,000 workers protested at the statehouse in Columbus, Ohio against a bill advanced by Governor John Kasich that would require workers to negotiate contracts as individuals and would raise contributions for health care coverage.
By Sandy English, 23 February 2011
New York’s budget for the next fiscal year includes cutbacks in senior centers and fire stations as well as layoffs of teachers and other city workers.
By Ed Hightower, 23 February 2011
The industrial town has failed to pay pensions for city employees for 17 months.
By David Walsh, 23 February 2011
The International Socialist Organization reacted to the explosion of working class anger in Wisconsin by encouraging illusions that the trade unions would resist Republican Governor Scott Walker’s attack on public sector workers.
By Jerry White, 22 February 2011
In the course of the struggle in Wisconsin, the trade unions are focusing on the right to “collective bargaining,” even as they openly declare their willingness to accept all the concessions demanded by the Wisconsin governor.
By Tom Eley, 22 February 2011
As major demonstrations continued in Wisconsin, the head of the largest teachers union in the state has called on teachers to end their walkouts.
By Andrea Peters, 22 February 2011
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder issued a budget proposal last week that will finance a $1.8 billion tax cut for businesses through budget cuts and tax increases targeting pensioners.
By Jerry White, 21 February 2011
An estimated 75,000 workers and young people marched in the state capital of Wisconsin Saturday in the largest of a weeklong series of demonstrations.
By Ron Jorgenson, 19 February 2011
While workers and students have concentrated their forces at the state capitol in Madison, rallies have proliferated throughout outstate Wisconsin. WSWS supporters leafleted a boisterous crowd of well over 500 workers and students who packed the “Falcon Nest” auditorium located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in River Falls. The WSWS also covered another noontime demonstration at the University of Wisconsin Stout campus in Menomonie that brought out students, faculty and city workers.
By Jerry White, 19 February 2011
The protests of workers and young people against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attack on public workers continued Friday, even as state Democrats and trade union officials worked feverishly to dissipate social opposition.
By Patrick Martin, 19 February 2011
Workers throughout the United States must come to the defense of the public employees in Wisconsin.
Milwaukee schools closed
By Tom Eley, 19 February 2011
As massive demonstrations continued in Madison, tens of thousands more teachers and students walked out of their classrooms in Wisconsin, including in Milwaukee.
By Michael Stapleton, 19 February 2011
Minnesota’s budget includes cuts to higher education, health care, and the size of the state’s workforce.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2011
Protests by tens of thousands of state workers, teachers and their supporters against sweeping social cuts in Wisconsin mark a turning point in the United States.
By Jerry White, 18 February 2011
Demonstrators opposing attacks on Wisconsin’s public sector workers spoke to the WSWS about high levels of unemployment, low wages and social inequality.
By Tom Eley, 18 February 2011
Tens of thousands of workers and students once again demonstrated in Madison against attacks on government workers, while dozens of school districts across the state were closed by what is, in all but name, a spreading strike wave of teachers and students.
By Patrick Martin, 18 February 2011
President Obama criticized Wisconsin’s governor for attacking state employee unions, but backed the demand for wage and benefit cuts for public workers.
By Samuel Davidson, 18 February 2011
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett will make drastic cuts in social services and attack government workers as part of his promise to close a growing budget deficit.
By Tom Eley, 17 February 2011
On Wednesday a crowd estimated at about 30,000 demonstrated in Madison, Wisconsin against attacks on the wages and conditions of public sector workers launched by Governor Scott Walker.
By Andrea Peters, 17 February 2011
Over 1,000 people packed the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Tuesday to protest against a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining for state workers and reduce the bargaining power of other public employees.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 February 2011
Governor Andrew Cuomo presented his proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, including devastating cuts in health care and education spending, as well as state worker pensions.
By Andre Damon, 17 February 2011
Tens of thousands of workers and students protested on February 17 in Madison, Wisconsin against Governor Scott Walker's plan to end collective bargaining for state employees.
By Tom Eley and Andre Damon, 16 February 2011
Over the past two days, thousands of workers in Wisconsin have demonstrated against a bill backed by Governor Scott Walker that would force drastic pay cuts on nearly 175,000 state, local and university employees, and outlaw their right to strike.
By the Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Social Equality, 16 February 2011
Supporters of the Socialist Equality Party and the International Students for Socialist Equality are distributing this statement to oppose Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s social cuts and attacks on workers’ right to strike.
By Ed Hightower, 15 February 2011
Florida’s governor unveiled plans for a state budget last week that would cut as much as $5 billion dollars from education, pensions, and other programs that benefit the working class.
By Andre Damon, 14 February 2011
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has announced an onslaught against state workers, eliminating collective bargaining rights and threatening to fire workers who go on strike.
By Sandy English, 11 February 2011
New York Mayor Bloomberg’s appointees rubber-stamped the planned closing of 22 public schools, despite a storm of protest.
By a WSWS reporting team, 11 February 2011
The WSWS spoke to teachers and students who came to protest the closing of 22 New York City schools.
By Kristina Betinis and Alexander Fangmann, 10 February 2011
All the major candidates in Chicago’s February 22 mayoral election agree that the working class must foot the bill for the city’s estimated $1 billion deficit.