The "good journalism" is quoting what was said and verifying the accuracy of those statements with evidence. The not so good journalism is the use of adjectives such as, "startling declaration" (fifth paragraph). Also, near the end of the story, the author concludes "It's the provision that provoked daily demonstrations at the state Capitol and national media attention." Clearly, it's one of the provisions but not the only one and such a claim should be supported by quotes from those who lead the demonstrations.
My personal view is that transparency is paramount in this issue. If it's a budget issue, explain the finances more in detail instead of defending just the collective bargaining. If it's mainly the collective bargaining, then investigate and report the specific finances related to the finances. Either way, a $137 million dollar shortfall (if that is verified to be accurate) will not go away. The solution is not arguing about one issue but how a major crisis will be addressed by ... More »
Currently, state employees are covered by civil service, but most local government employees don’t have it and no public school employees do, Phillips said. More »