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Two Republicans in the California State Legislature are now
voting for legislation sponsored by the state’s construction
unions, following several years of unified, principled caucus
resistance to such schemes. One might think that former Republican
legislators Brett Granlund, Anthony Pescetti, and Ken Maddox are
back from term-limited exile, in disguise.
Union leaders and lobbyists are thrilled! They can now label
their costly, self-serving bills as “bipartisan” while labeling
their more principled critics as “extremist.”
A Bipartisan Attack on Constitutional Rights, Local
Control, and Fiscal Responsibility
Most prominent among the union-backed bills with Republican
support is Senate Bill 7. This bill would withhold state funding
for any of the state’s 121 charter cities that exercise their right
under the state constitution to set their own government-mandated
wage rate policies for purely municipal construction.
SB 7 undermines the principle of local control over local funds
and the fundamental structure of constitutional federalism. It also
punishes fiscally responsible cities that recognize how
state-mandated… Read More