The rise of “pro-business” Democrats

The Gravy Train got rolling for public employees after Jerry Brown allowed them to unionize during his first terms as governor. They became the state’s most powerful political force. The Democratic legislature marched in lockstep with them. Now, however, the climate has shifted. The legislature is seeing more “pro-business Democrats.

Like Assembly member Susan Eggman, D-Stockton.

Why is that significant? As Dan the Man points out on the Sacramento Bee, “A few nonunion Democrats would not seem to be a big deal, but it makes a significant difference when leaders want supermajorities to pass tax increases, constitutional amendments and other union-backed measures requiring two-thirds votes.”

In other words, the unions are losing ground. Eating the whole state has political consequences. Not enough to displace labor as California’s strongest politcal group, but enough to impede its headlong self-enrichment.

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