My participation on Ricochet will prove a little thin over the next couple of days. This weekend I'll be flying to Washington, where I'll be conducting a slew of interviews for Uncommon Knowledge, and today I'm holed up, reading research materials and pulling together some notes.
Before I disappear, though, one paragraph--just one!--that struck me as I was preparing just now for my interview on Sunday with Mitch Daniels. ("With Mitch Daniels?" Excuse me. I meant to say--and if I don't correct myself, Trace Urdan will--I meant to say "with Ricochet's own Mitch Daniels.")
From "Ride Along with Mitch," Andy Ferguson's Weekly Standard cover story on Gov. Daniels that appeared this past summer:
The reforms began instantly. On his first day [in office as governor] Daniels reversed an executive order signed by a Democratic predecessor granting collective bargaining rights to state employees. Union membership plummeted overnight....Unhindered by union demands, the governor instituted a "pay for performance" scheme, rewarding state employees who met explicit goals with raises ranging from 4 to 10 percent. The salaries of underperforming employees stayed flat. No one was fired, but every time a job went vacant a supervisor had to justify hiring a replacement. The number of state employees has fallen from 35,000 to under 30,000, back where it was in 1982.
And with that, my fellow Ricochetians, I bid you, for awhile, adieu.
P.S. Would somebody be sure to help Rob with his bow tie on Oscar night?