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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Governor Walker To Propose Axing Almost All Collective Bargaining Rights


Gov. Scott Walker said in an exclusive interview that he will propose removing nearly all public employee collective bargaining rights to help plug a $3.6 billion budget hole.
Walker told The Associated Press on Thursday that no one should be surprised by the move that he is asking the Republican-controlled Legislature to approve next week given that he'd talked about doing it for two months.

He said the cuts are necessary to avoid up to 6,000 state employee layoffs.
Walker will propose changing state law to remove the ability for public employees to negotiate on any issue except salary.
Read the rest here.


  1. Totally unrelated: I weeded a book from the New True series today and thought of you.

  2. awww, the new true series, yeay!

  3. Can we get a run down on how Walker's proposal will affect the district budget? I assume requiring teachers to pay 12% of their health insurance will save a lot of coin? Not that I agree with that, but just wonderin'....

  4. I don't know the numbers, and it would help the budget, but it would also raise property taxes.

    The state is trying to balance its budget, and passing this law means a lower payment to the district. Property tax payers will have to make up the loss of state money even if the expenses go down.

    Only if the levy limit was lowered (which would make the MG budget hole worse) would taxes go down.