Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter’s secret effort to give state workers union officials special monopoly bargaining privileges has been under attack and rightfully so. To appease the government union bosses, Washington State enacted a similar scheme in 2005, and it has cost taxpayers nearly $3 billion to cover increases in wages and benefits, the Denver Post reports. “The state shelled out $13.9 billion on wages and benefits . . . in fiscal 2006 and 2007, about $1.4 billion more than the previous two years, according to state data.”
No wonder taxpayers in Colorado are demanding repeal of Ritter’s gift to the union bosses.