May 1, 2009

Hypothesis: Veto threat is another collective bargaining strategy

Filed under: Uncategorized — Doug @ 4:28 am

After a night of rest and a workout to brood on my previous post, I have a simple hypothesis that might explain why the Governor told Speaker Say that she may veto the budget bill:

So long as the budget bill is not law, Governor Lingle has more leverage during the ongoing collective bargaining talks with the public workers.


  1. Thanks for covering this issue. Yes I definitely agree with your analysis. Governor Lingle wants to keep the final budget up in the air to hold on to her leverage dealing with the unions. Also, when she realized HB1744(take the Counties TAT revenues) was not going to pass, she no longer could threaten the Mayors with having to kowtow to whatever her position is with the unions-in exchange for a veto of HB1744.
    I discuss more on the related HB1744 issues at my blogsite: margaretwille.com

    Comment by Margaret Wille — May 1, 2009 @ 8:13 pm

  2. What I know is that the governor is not negotiating at all.I think that she wants the leg to set a reduced amount and the unions have to comply. It really then becomes the only leverage she has.

    Comment by egan.kawamoto — May 2, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

  3. that or Lingle is using her magic 8-ball again to make important decisions.

    Comment by line of flight — May 3, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

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