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Hospitals and Clinics

Don't ask voters to set private-sector salaries

Don't ask voters to set private-sector salaries

As we Americans celebrate Independence Day, it’s worth remembering that our rebellious forebears weren’t looking to replace tyranny of the monarchy with tyranny of the majority.

That thought comes to mind in the wake of the latest failed effort by the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West to use California’s initiative process to increase its membership.

Union leaders have tried at least two times to put an initiative on the ballot that would cap the salaries that nonprofit hospitals pay their executives. The ostensible purpose was to protect taxpayers from having to subsidize multimillion-dollar paychecks. But the real purpose,...