Tomorrow is election day in several states. In Ohio, voters will decide whether to uphold a law that bans collective bargaining for benefits by state employees, along with requiring retirees to pay a little more for their pension and health benefits.
Wisconsin went through the same thing earlier this year, and despite enormous opposition from labor unions, Democrats and outside forces, along with a recall election, Republicans won the day. Polls in Ohio show the law headed for repeal, but the issue won't go away. In Ohio, as elsewhere, government is spending more than it takes in.
In Virginia, the state Senate is up for grabs. Republicans need only three seats to win a majority and control all three branches of government, allowing Gov. Bob McDonnell to accelerate his reforms that have already produced a budget surplus.
There is no such thing as an "off-year" election these days. Inform yourself about state and local issues and vote intelligently. This will confound the left and the big media.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: November 7, 2011