I’m working on a political science writing question and need a sample draft to help me learn.
7 pages issue memo,
Issue report # 2Problem: The growing expenditures for government employees and the fiscal crisis in stateand local governmentsPolicy: Wisconsins new collective bargaining law: Under current law, municipal employeeshave the right to collectively bargain over wages, hours, and conditions of employmentunder the Municipal Employment Relations Act (MERA), and state employees have the rightto collectively bargain over wages, hours, and conditions of employment under the StateEmployment Labor Relations Act (SELRA). This [law] changes MERA and SELRA withrespect to all employees except employees who are certain protective occupationparticipants under the Wisconsin Retirement System or under a county or city retirementsystem (public safety employees). This [law] limits the right to collectively bargain for allemployees who are not public safety employees (general employees) to the subject of basewages. In addition, unless a referendum authorizes a greater increase, any generalemployee who is part of a collective bargaining unit is limited to bargaining over apercentage of total base wages increase that is no greater than the percentage change inthe consumer price index. This [law] also prohibits municipal employers from collectivelybargaining with municipal general employees in matters that are not permitted underMERA.Client: Mike DeWine (Republican), Governor of the State of Ohio14Tasks: 1) Identify the advantages and disadvantages of Wisconsins new collectivebargaining law; 2) If Ohio is to adopt a similar law to control the size (in terms ofexpenditures) of the state and local governments, how can the disadvantages of theWisconsin law be addressed?; 3) If the Wisconsin law should not be adopted, whatalternatives policies can be implemented to control state and local governmentexpenditures?; 4) In summary, recommend to the Governor if he should push for theadoption of a new collective bargaining law similar to that passed in Wisconsin, or seekalternative 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, thecontext and problem, and the specific tasks. Before indulging the reader with details andthe context, give the reader a brief overview of what the memo will be about. Theintroduction should be brief and should be approximately the length of a shortparagraph.§ Context: The context is the event, circumstance, or background of the problem as wellas the existing or proposed policy to address the problem. You may use a paragraph ora few sentences to establish the background. Include only what your reader needs butbe sure it is clear.§ Task segment: One essential portion of a memo is the task statement where you shoulddescribe what you are doing. If the action was requested, your task may be indicated bya sentence opening like, “You asked that I look at….”§ Discussion: The discussion segment is the longest portion of the memo in which youinclude all the details that support your answers to the task questions. The discussionsegments include the supporting ideas, facts, and research that back up your argumentin the memo. Include strong points and evidence to persuade the client to follow yourrecommended actions. Be sure to apply the concepts and ideas from the classreadings/lectures/related media in your analysis.§ Closing Segment: After the reader has absorbed all of your information, you want toclose with a courteous ending that states the specific action the client can take. Makesure you consider how the reader will benefit from the desired actions and how you canmake those actions easier.§ References: You required to use at least ten references for your memo. See below forpossible 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, PewCharitable 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. Pleaseindicate in your memo whether the organization that sponsored or released the researchis partisan or not.§ Research produced by government organizations such as the Congressional BudgetOffice, Government Accountability Office, Office of Budget and Management,departments and agencies§ Research produced by university centers or institutesNote: Wikipedia, newspaper opinion columns, and blogs are not acceptable sources forgraduate-level research.
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