Budget Struggles Drive Brisk Legislative Activity on Pensions and Benefits; StateNet Releases Report on Legislation Related to Public Employees and Unions

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Legislatures across the nation are targeting the pension and benefit programs of public employees to help plug budget gaps. More than 1,000 labor bills are pending in the states making tracking of developments nearly impossible. State Net, today, released a legislative action report as a way of helping interested parties follow this important issue.

Governors in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio have engaged in high-profile confrontations with public employee unions leading to ugly standoffs that threaten to cripple government in their states. While the Midwest has become the primary battleground in the conflict over union power, lawmakers in 48 states are seeking to reduce wages and benefits for public employees in an effort to make up giant budget shortfalls. With millions of Americans likely to be affected by this double-punch of proposals, and struggles in the Midwest overshadowing public attention, State Net has made their legislative reporting on "hot issues" including organized labor and pension reform available to the public.

According to State Net, measures that relate to public employees and labor unions have been introduced in the 2011 session at a pace unmatched in previous years. For public employees, nearly 3,000 bills that target their employee retirement and 800 that target their health care benefits are on the table. Moreover, every state except Arkansas and Louisiana have also proposed legislation that will change their organized labor or collective bargaining laws.

More about the politics and policies behind the union conflict and related legislation is outlined in the new issue of the State Net Capitol Journal on the State Net Web site at http://www.statenet.com. Access to legislative reporting from State Net's analysts is available for a limited time at http://custom.statenet.com/hot_topics.

About State Net:
State Net (http://www.statenet.com) has helped organizations track legislative and regulatory developments for more than 40 years. Headquartered in Sacramento , CA , State Net monitors every bill in the 50 states, District of Columbia and Congress along with all state agency regulations. The company delivers online services, issue-based consultation and analysis that enables the nation's leading organizations to effectively respond to opportunities and risks in the states.

State Net Capitol Journal delivers coverage of issues, decisions, scandals and politics from all 50 states. Featuring analysis of emerging trends, state budgets, governors, legislatures and elections, Capitol Journal readers gain an intelligent overview of the states and issues each week.

References: Clark, Korey. (2011, March 7) "Collective Conflict" State Net Capitol Journal.

Legislative Report Access: http://custom.statenet.com/hot_topics

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