As in Ohio, Wisconsin looks to ratchet down public employee unions' power

Eventually, the tallest grass gets mowed. After Democrats failed in a lame-duck bid to give the state away to its public employee unions, newly elected Gov. Scott Walker is bringing a gun to a budget fight:

Gov. Scott Walker wants to help fix state finances by cutting benefits for union workers and wiping away their ability to negotiate over anything but their wages, setting up a potentially explosive battle in the Capitol.

That would mean public worker unions would not have any say on benefits and work rules and would face a new restriction on salary increases as well.

Ohio's attempt to curtail the unions' power over state government takes a different angle. Republicans control the governorships and state legislatures in both states.

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