Political Activity Payroll Deductions

The Supreme Court announced its opinion in Ysura v. Pocatello Ed. Assoc. (No. 07-869)¬†yesterday.¬† Per Scotusblog, the issue was “whether, under the First Amendment, a state legislature may bar political subdivisions from making payroll deductions for political activities.”¬† The Post reports here.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a state law banning local governments from letting workers use payroll deductions to fund their union’s political activities, a decision that could strike at organized labor’s ability to raise funds at local levels.

The opinion:

The First Amendment prohibits government from “abridging the freedom of speech”; it does not confer an affirmative right to use government payroll mechanisms for the purpose of obtaining funds for expression.

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