Issues on Suburban Minds: Regionalization and Arbitration
I know many of the right reform crowd in Rhode Island disagree with my general take on regionalization, but I’m relieved to see this, from Tuesday’s Newport Daily News:
Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport, and Rep. Deborah L. Ruggiero, D-Jamestown, met with members of the Town Council and School Committee before the regularly scheduled council meeting to discuss legislative issues. Both legislators said they would not support any regionalization of municipal functions unless the communities involved agreed to the consolidation. …
Weed and Ruggiero both agreed that the impetus should come from cities and towns.
I’m even more relieved to see this:
When Weed asked school officials for a list of their legislative priorities, several members held up wrists bearing plastic handcuffs.
“No binding arbitration,” Kaiser said, referring to legislation that would require binding arbitration for teachers. “This is not the time to handcuff school committees.”
Council President Michael Schnack agreed. “There is no negotiating with binding arbitration,” Schnack said. “You get a terrible contract and terrible results.”
Weed said she did not think the idea had a lot of legislative support.
Of course, continual vigilance will be required. A lack of legislative support is not necessarily a good enough reason for legislation to fail.