The Rio Grande Foundation is pleased that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has defeated efforts to recall him. This is a major win for taxpayers nationwide and here in New Mexico. Wisconsin policies are now in line with the views of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who opposed public sector collective bargaining. The state has taken a significant step towards closing the gap between generous public benefits packages which are decided in the political sphere and private sector workers whose salaries are determined by market forces.
New Mexico, by mandating collective bargaining, remains to the left of FDR on collective bargaining and now faces a more economically-competitive Wisconsin.