‘Release Time’ Forces Taxpayers to Pay for Union Work

Taxpayers expect their government to spend their tax dollars only on activities that benefit the public. Yet across the country, governments at all levels give away tax dollars to the exclusive benefit of government unions – a clear misuse of the public’s money. This subsidy, known as union release time, has flown under the radar for decades, but states are finally starting to do something about it. Release time serves the private interests of unions and is an illegal gift; the demand for government services exceeds the resources available. Governments should cut funding to programs that do not advance a public purpose. Yet in the case of union release time, the government pays unions to lobby for higher compensation for their members. This study examines the state responses to release time policies.

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