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Why Gov. Corbett Is Silent on Union Benefits

Donna Cooper explains at PennLive.Com why Pennsylvania has so far avoided the divisive union battles sweeping the country.

The Keystone State so far is sidestepping the divisive union battles now rattling the rafters of many state capitals. Surprisingly, Gov. Tom Corbett did not launch a frontal assault on the right to collectively bargain like Gov. Scott Walker did in Wisconsin. Even Corbett’s demand for increased state employee contributions toward their health benefits and pensions had a noticeably light touch.

It’s certainly a relief to be in a state where the park rangers, firemen, teachers and food inspectors are for now safe from attacks on their benefits and pensions. Yet the reasons are less about concern for workers and more about protecting the interests of 253 House and Senate members. Why?

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Donna Cooper

Senior Fellow