INTERVIEW: Author Mallory Factor Lifts the Lid on Government Unions

Free Enterprise: What inspired you to write a book about government employee unions?

Factor: For years, I have written and spoken about how government restrains American businesses — through excessive regulation and restrictions, heavy tax burdens, and other anti-business policies. I always have tried to understand why government creates an environment hostile to business when the private sector drives our economy, creates jobs, and increases our prosperity. What I discovered is that the government employee unions fuel government growth and regulation — in Congress, in our statehouses, in our city councils, and on our school boards. Government employee unions elect politicians who give them more government employees to unionize. More government employees and higher government salaries grows union dues. But it also mean higher taxes on businesses and individuals. That is not all there is to it, but that is certainly a big part of the story.

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