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Is Rhode Island “The Little State that Could”? – as Time magazine put it, praising its treasurer and pension reforms?
It’s the little state that had to, IMHO.
With Washington, D.C., in smoking disarray, the states are doing things that liberals and conservatives have supported — and that liberals and conservatives have disliked. There is an argument letting states solve some of the sociological conflicts in concert with local sentiment.
States have no magic-hat trick to balance budgets under siege.
When it comes to pensions in the United States, private-sector workers live in America. Government workers live in Europe. One can be pro-union and pro-labor and still resent lavish public-employee retirement deals, as I write in my latest column: