Stirrings on Smith Hill

So the General Assembly is finally coming back in session next week to tackle unfinished legislation, just in time for Halloween. Lawmakers should arrive in costumes because that's about how serious they are as a governing body in a time of great crisis. Of course no one knows just which items they will vote on because very little is transparent up on Smith Hill. Rank and file members will simply be (more...)

Battles on the Teacher Union Front

It was good to see that the special interests' push to make binding arbitration for teachers state law is running into some organized opposition. A hearing last week at the state house drew quite a few opponents of binding arbitration making their voices heard. Binding arbitration for teachers would be a serious setback for the state's public education system at a time when pushback against the teachers' unions is gaining strength and momentum. (more...)