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Saturday, March 05, 2016

This State is Proof Positive That Conservative Solutions Work

Scott Walker may have washed out of the presidential election early, but his conservative agenda is saving the state of Wisconsin billions. As Townhall notes:

Republican Gov. Scott Walker found himself fighting for his political life when he proposed necessary reforms to Wisconsin’s labor unions in 2011. It prompted liberal forces in his state to mount a recall effort to remove him from office; they failed. Then, they failed to boot him during his 2014 re-election bid. Act 10 is, for all intents and purposes, here to stay–and it’s saved the taxpayers billions of dollars (via Watchdog):

…[D]espite all the dire predictions, Act 10 has proved a smashing success for Wisconsin taxpayers, according to a new analysis by the MacIver Institute.

The Madison-based free-market think tank’s report estimates taxpayers have saved $5.24 billion over the past five years, thanks to the law.

The analysis found that the state has saved $3.36 billion by requiring government employees to contribute to their government-backed pensions, and another $404.8 million by opening up employees’ health insurance to competitive bidding, among other cost controls. The savings have been widespread, across state and local governments.



Anonymous said...

I have a friend who is an employee in the registrars office of a Wisconsin university.

She hasn't gotten a raise in 8 years. But then, neither have I. What has happened, is as the price of gas shot to $4/gal, the cost to heat her home tripled and food and all other costs have gone up, Her paycheck has gone down by $562/mo, thanks to Walker's marvelous cost savings to the state. In addition they have reduced costs through attrition and her department has lost three people who have not been replaced. That workload falls on her and the remaining 2 others in her department.

I don't know anyone, who can afford a $500/mo pay cut. Here work stress loads are through the roof.

Needless to say, she's not a fan of Walker.

Welcome to Amerika.

Anonymous said...

BS, welcome to the REAL world. A few years ago with the housing bubble burst, millions of people lost their jobs. Millions more who were lucky enough to not loose their job, like myself, took a 10% pay cut which amounted to about $700 a month. Tell your friend if she doesn't like what she's doing and I'll bet her benefits are better than the private sector, to leave! The fact is, her neighbors pay her salary and they've probably taken pay cuts as well. Welcome to Obama's Amarika!

Anonymous said...

"Her paycheck has gone down by $562/mo"

That means nothing without the original paycheck as a basis for comparison. Chances are that she was like many bureaucrats - wildly overpaid and under-tasked.