How did 2012 treat public employees?

It was a mixed bag, at best, according to Governing‘s Heather Kerrigan.

Legal and legislative attacks on public employee unions — which occurred most recently in Michigan as the state became the 24th with a “right-to-work” law Tuesday — continued from the year before, and lingering budget cuts meant more reductions to health and retirement benefits.

On the bright side, many baby boomers delayed retirement, allowing governments to maintain institutional knowledge. And by the end of summer, Gallup polls were showing an overall increase in state and local government hiring for the first time since the start of the economic crisis.

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