In February, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker, in a valiant attempt to get a handle on the Badger State’s out-of-control spending and pay off the state’s deficit, proposed a budget bill that would curtail the collective bargaining powers of some public employees.
You’d have thought the sky was falling. Union members from all over the nation left their employment duties behind and descended upon the Capitol in Madison, protesting in the streets and taking over the Capitol building for days on end.
Mark Miller, the Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader, called the governor’s proposal a disaster. He and his fellow Democrats, along with union officials and protesters, predicted catastrophe if the bill were to become law.
Well, well, well … the bill is now law, and early evidence is showing that perhaps the governor just might know more about the benefits of fiscal responsibility than the Democrats, unions, protesters, and news media, who were quick to pounce on him as if he were proposing to end civilization as we know it.
Let’s take a look at just one tiny school district nestled in the beautiful Fox River Valley near Appleton. The Kaukauna School District, with a student population of around 4,200, and approximately 400 employees, has been struggling. It faced a $400,000 deficit this year.
The new law went into effect Wednesday. Already, school officials have enacted new policies that are estimated to turn that $400,000 deficit into a $1.5 million surplus. And guess what? It’s all because of the very provisions that union leaders, Democrats and protesters said would be disastrous.
Until now, teachers and staff in the district contributed 10 percent of their pay toward helping cover the cost of their health insurance. Until now, they made no contribution at all toward their pension plan costs.
Now, however, they’ll pay 12.6 percent of the cost of their health insurance coverage. That’s still a much lower rate than most of the private sector pays. Now, they’ll also contribute 5.8 percent of their salaries to the cost of their pension plans. These changes are estimated to save the school board about $1.2 million this year, according to board President Todd Arnoldussen.
Not a bad start for such a disastrous bill, huh? Looks like Gov. Walker is a complete failure in his attempt to rain down catastrophe on the educational opportunities of the poor children of America’s Dairyland.
Source: Washington Examiner …
Sound familiar? Huuummmmm?
By Michelle Malkin • June 30, 2011 06:43 AM
Good morning, readers. It’s 11:30am here in London and that massive, multi-union strike I told you about the other day is now underway. My family had planned to visit Westminster today, but it’s off the table now. I get enough of the Big Labor mob scene back in the States. No need to expose the kids to it during their vacation.
Speaking of kids, hundreds of thousands of them have been abandoned by their public union teachers who refuse to contribute a smidge more to their pensions like most every one of their private-sector counterparts: “More than half of schools in England are closed or partially closed as hundreds of thousands of public sector workers strike over pension changes. The government said information from 75% of its 21,500 state schools showed only a third would remain fully open.”
Also AWOL: 90 percent of the London police force. And airports are bracing for long delays and reduced security manpower.
HughHewitt.com Blog : Hugh Hewitt : President Obama’s War on Boeing: I Have To Destroy The Jobs In Order To Save The Jobs.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 9:24 AM
The reporter slants the coverage to help cover the egregious and unprecedented nature of the Obama effort to assist his union supporters in Washington State, and it underplays how many new jobs would be created by the opening of the plant in South Carolina, and not just in the Boeing production facility but down through the supply-and-support chain. As Senator Lamar Alexander said on yesterday’s program, it looks like the president’s policy is to export jobs abroad, not airplanes.