The Wall Street Journal today detailed some of the immediate benefits from the reforms championed by Gov. Walker and the GOP lead legislature: a balanced budget without tax increases (see Ohio and Indiana, too), huge savings for school districts on health-care plans who are now free to get competitive bids, and an announcement from the education union that it is laying off 40% of its staff.

Here is a recap of the recall elections from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that gave Democrats two more seats in the Senate (but left the GOP in control by one vote).

There is much to admire and emulate in Wisconsin and other Midwestern states but given the DFL’s and Gov. Dayton’s allegiance to all things union, Minnesota will first need to retain a GOP-lead legislature in 2012 and give the GOP a Hat Trick in 2014. Divided government will not produce these results. 

In the meantime, if the state of Minnesota wants to champion choice for state employees, they should give them the right to re-certify their unions at regular intervals and make the unions collect their own dues. These measures force unions to listen to their members.