Quick Facts About the Wisconsin Budget Repair Legislation

Via Americans for Prosperity:

Quick facts about Wisconsin’s Budget Repair Legislation

Also check out my longer post about the situation in Wisconsin:  https://americantruthmachine.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/moment-of-clarity/

And this one too:  https://americantruthmachine.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/whats-up-with-wisconsin/

And listen to my special podcast about how unions are destroying America: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/joshkaib/2011/02/20/kaibcast-special-how-unions-are-destroying-america

Quick facts about Wisconsin’s Budget Repair Legislation
 The plan is about reform: Wisconsin’s Budget Repair legislation is about enacting modest
– but critical – reforms to public sector entitlement programs that are long past due. The
proposal takes on some of the most egregious violators of taxpayer dollars including public
employee unions and public sector pensions.
 Ending public sector collective bargaining: The plan would end the practice of public
sector union bosses strong-arming politicians for exorbitant benefits and absurd contract
concessions. The plan rightly calls for an end to the ability of certain public sector unions to
band together to pressure policymakers into unnecessary contract concessions.
 Respecting the taxpayer: When public sector workers – who are paid with taxpayers
dollars – resort to bullying tactics to gain sweetheart contracts filled with plush benefits
unheard of in the private sector the taxpayer loses every time.
 Respecting the public’s trust: When teachers choose not to teach purely to pad their
already lavish contracts with taxpayer dollars they are violating a sacred public trust. Using
students and their parents as leverage in contract disputes is a tried and true practice of
teacher’s unions that must end.
 Stopping out-of-control benefit costs in the public sector: The proposal would prevent
unions from forcing extravagant pension and health benefits on the state that only serve to
further cripple state budget. Also, the plan would make the commonsense change that public
sector wage increases could not exceed a cap based on the consumer price index (CPI) unless
approved by voters.
o Also, some contracts would be limited to one year and wage rates would be
frozen until the new contract is settled
 The public vs. private sector: In Wisconsin, private sector workers make 74% of their
state-level public sector counterparts. This is the 48th worst pay differential in the nation and
clearly shows that the public sector employee unions aren’t hurting for better pay or benefits.
 Paying a fair share: The plan also would help ease the tremendous financial burden placed
on the state by its bloated pension plan by finally requiring some public workers to pay their
fair share into the program.
o Overall, public employees would fund 50 percent of the annual pension payment
– a total that would require a modest contribution of 5.8 percent of 2011’s salary.
 More needed reforms: The plan also makes much needed reforms to other problems
complicating Wisconsin’s fiscal future. Among them, restructuring the state’s debt burden
will help reduce debt service costs by $165 million in fiscal year 2010-11.


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2 responses to “Quick Facts About the Wisconsin Budget Repair Legislation

  1. Wow. Suddenly the left was found their villain in the Koch brothers. Compare public employee’s benefits to those of the private sector. You will find that public employees have, in comparison, exorbitant benefits.

    Why is it that the states with the worst finances are states with the most expensive health insurance and pensions for government workers? States that are doing relatively well financially, like Texas and Virginia, give public employees salaries and benefits that are more in line with the private sector.

    And negotiation? Do you really think the protesters want to negotiate? Of course not. If they are willing to contribute to their pensions and insurance, why are they protesting? Collective bargaining is only being taken away for those things, not for salary.
    Some key points:

    * Public sector employees would still be allowed to collectively bargain on wages, but not on health-care or pension plans.
    * Raises would be tied to the inflation rate, unless the state’s voters deemed the employees worthy of larger raises.
    * Public sector employees would have to pay slightly higher rates for their health care and other benefits, but those rates would remain lower than those of the average private sector employee.
    * Public sector employees would be required to pay 12.6 percent of their health-care premiums; they currently pay about 6 percent.
    * Public sector employees would have to contribute 5.8 percent of their salaries to their pensions under Walker’s plans; currently some pay nothing. From 2000 to 2009, public sector employees paid $55.4 million into a pension system that cost $12.6 billion.
    * Police, firefighters and other public safety workers would be exempt from the new collective bargaining restrictions.

    Public employees have been getting a great deal from state governments. The taxpayers have not. If what Governor Walker is doing is “union-busting” then so be it.

  2. BTW, I have very strict commenting roles. I am the only one allowed to call people names and if you insult me your comment will be deleted.