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Walker’s Drive to Curb Wisconsin Unions Makes Him an Outlier

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, elected in the November wave that put Republicans in command of most U.S. states, says a contract that grants government employees 15 percent raises and free health care is squeezing taxpayers.

If the union won’t renegotiate, Branstad plans to fire state workers. Yet he’s not following the lead of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker by trying to circumscribe the benefits for which members can bargain, a move workers say would break the union.