Goldwater Institute en State GOP Lawmakers Launch Attack Against Labor <p>State lawmakers launched a broad attack Wednesday against public unions -- including an absolute ban on state and local governments and school districts from bargaining with organizations that represent public workers.</p><p>Goldwater Institute economist Steve Slivinski told lawmakers that making the move now will save the state more than $500 million a year in about seven years, as wage hikes are held down.&nbsp;But Senate Democrat&nbsp;Steve Gallardo said&nbsp;the Goldwater Institute and the&nbsp;Republicans have a hidden agenda.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 15:50:15 +0000 Howard Fischer 8498 at