The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 26, 2011
Poll: Will anti-union initiative get big-bucks backing for ballot?

Thumbnail image for 110713 lanny ebenstein.jpegLanny Ebenstein, the UC Santa Barbara economics lecturer who wrote a ballot measure that would end collective bargaining for California's public employees, is looking for someone with deep pockets to pay for a signature collection campaign.

"I've got a couple of people who said they'd put in $100,000 each," Eberstein said in a telephone interview earlier this week. He figures he needs about $1.5 million to get enough signatures to qualify the measure for voters statewide to consider it next year.

"And that's with pretty good volunteer participation" to help the effort, he said.

Those two backers, whom he didn't name, won't write their checks until others step forward, Ebenstein said.

Which leads us to ask ...

PHOTO: Lanny Ebenstein / courtesy of Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association

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