According to various media sources, State of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker‘s has proposed legislation that will limit State and Local employee bargaining rights to include only issues that are salary related. Any proposed raises must be commensurate with consumer price index unless approved through a public referendum. The plan also calls for state employee contributions of 5.8% of their salary towards pension benefits and 12.6% of their salary towards their health care plans. It is estimated that the moves will save the State of Wisconsin $300,000,000 over the next few years. That sounds like a sound, sensible idea to me. Employees in the real world have been doing similar for years. Considering the financial rock and a hard place that decades of poor money management, by the past and current Illinois Governors and Legislatures has placed the State of Illinois in – we need a Governor Scott Walker and a Wisconsin tough legislature here in Illinois – where our Governor and legislature mollycoddles the Unions of State workers!
- Illinois governor seeks to borrow $8.7B (money.cnn.com)
- The Historical Illiteracy of Wisconsin Teachers (Hot Air)
- Have Teacher Unions Nuked the Fridge (Hot Air)