I’m working on a political science writing question and need a sample draft to help me learn.
7 pages issue memo,
Issue report # 2 Problem: The growing expenditures for government employees and the fiscal crisis in state and local governments Policy: Wisconsin’s new collective bargaining law: “Under current law, municipal employees have the right to collectively bargain over wages, hours, and conditions of employment under the Municipal Employment Relations Act (MERA), and state employees have the right to collectively bargain over wages, hours, and conditions of employment under the State Employment Labor Relations Act (SELRA). This [law] changes MERA and SELRA with respect to all employees except employees who are certain protective occupation participants under the Wisconsin Retirement System or under a county or city retirement system (public safety employees). This [law] limits the right to collectively bargain for all employees who are not public safety employees (general employees) to the subject of base wages. In addition, unless a referendum authorizes a greater increase, any general employee who is part of a collective bargaining unit is limited to bargaining over a percentage of total base wages increase that is no greater than the percentage change in the consumer price index. This [law] also prohibits municipal employers from collectively bargaining with municipal general employees in matters that are not permitted under MERA.” Client: Mike DeWine (Republican), Governor of the State of Ohio 14 Tasks: 1) Identify the advantages and disadvantages of Wisconsin’s new collective bargaining law; 2) If Ohio is to adopt a similar law to control the size (in terms of expenditures) of the state and local governments, how can the disadvantages of the Wisconsin law be addressed?; 3) If the Wisconsin law should not be adopted, what alternatives policies can be implemented to control state and local government expenditures?; 4) In summary, recommend to the Governor if he should push for the adoption of a new collective bargaining law similar to that passed in Wisconsin, or seek alternative solutions to the issue of increasing administrative costs.
Instructions for writing the issue memo: Issue memo components:1 § Heading: The heading segment follows this general format: TO: (client’ name and job title) FROM: (your name, with the assumption that you are a staff member) DATE: (complete and current date) SUBJECT: (what the memo is about, highlighted in some way) § Opening segment: The opening paragraph includes: the purpose of the memo, the context and problem, and the specific tasks. Before indulging the reader with details and the context, give the reader a brief overview of what the memo will be about. The introduction should be brief and should be approximately the length of a short paragraph. § Context: The context is the event, circumstance, or background of the problem as well as the existing or proposed policy to address the problem. You may use a paragraph or a few sentences to establish the background. Include only what your reader needs but be sure it is clear. § Task segment: One essential portion of a memo is the task statement where you should describe what you are doing. If the action was requested, your task may be indicated by a sentence opening like, “You asked that I look at….” § Discussion: The discussion segment is the longest portion of the memo in which you include all the details that support your answers to the task questions. The discussion segments include the supporting ideas, facts, and research that back up your argument in the memo. Include strong points and evidence to persuade the client to follow your recommended actions. Be sure to apply the concepts and ideas from the class readings/lectures/related media in your analysis. § Closing Segment: After the reader has absorbed all of your information, you want to close with a courteous ending that states the specific action the client can take. Make sure you consider how the reader will benefit from the desired actions and how you can make those actions easier. § References: You required to use at least ten references for your memo. See below for possible sources that can be used for your research. Possible sources for the memo: § Books and journal articles § Research done by non-partisan organizations such as the Brookings Institution, Pew Charitable Trusts, Urban Institute among others § Research from partisan sources such as the Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, Center for American Progress, among others. Please indicate in your memo whether the organization that sponsored or released the research is partisan or not. § Research produced by government organizations such as the Congressional Budget Office, Government Accountability Office, Office of Budget and Management, departments and agencies § Research produced by university centers or institutes Note: Wikipedia, newspaper opinion columns, and blogs are not acceptable sources for graduate-level research.
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