A Look At The Collective Bargaining Reform Bill That Passed In Wisconsin and Paul Ryans Conversati​on On The Rule Of Law

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
by Janna Legg

 

Big Mum On Big Business, SEIU Profiting From Workers Bill

http://bigjournalism.com/sswift/2011/09/12/media-mum-on-big-business-seiu-profiting-from-workers-bill/

 

CONGRESS IN THE NEWS

 

Paul Ryan: Restoring The Rule Of Law

http://ricochet.com/main-feed/Paul-Ryan-Restoring-the-Rule-of-Law

 

Paul Ryan: Americas Conversation Starter

http://biggovernment.com/sberry/2011/09/14/paul-ryan-americas-conversation-starter/#more-331496

 

Congress And The Constitution

http://biggovernment.com/kportteus/2011/09/14/congress-and-the-constitution/#more-329900

 

WISCONSIN THE NEWS

 

State Senator Urges Boycott Of Home State Products

http://biggovernment.com/bhealy/2011/09/15/state-senator-urges-boycott-of-home-state-products/#more-331280

 

A look at the changes in Wisconsins Financial Budget since the passage of Scott Walkers Collective Bargaining Reform Bill  (Thank you Meg Ellefson of The Wasau Tea Party for permission to share Her And Her Teams Financial Analysis And Money Saved Since The Reform)

 

– Ashland School District – saved $378,000 on health insurance;

– Kimberly School District – saved $821,000 by dropping WEA Trust Insurance;

– Edgerton School District – dropping WEA Trust, expecting to save at least $500,000;

– Baraboo School District – dropping WEA Trust, expecting to save at least $660,000;

– Dodgeland School District – dropping WEA Trust, expecting to save $260,000

– Elmbrook School District – changing health care provider, savings estimated at $878,000;

– Mequon-Thiensville School District – saving $49,000 on dental insurance coverage;

– Marshfield School District – saving $850,00 by dropping WEA Trust;

– City of Sheboygan – Mayor Bob Ryan says collective bargaining reforms will provide  enough savings to make up for the reduction in state aid;

– Wauwatosa School District – tax levy decreasing, no programs will be cut, class sizes won’t increase, thanks to the reforms in collective bargaining;

– Manitowoc – Laid-off city workers may get their jobs back due to the wage/benefit reforms contained in Walker’s budget. Changes to overtime rules saving the county $100,000;

– Pittsville – will see a 9% decrease in the school portion of their property tax levy. “This is the first year we have not needed to short-term borrow,” stated Board President Strenn;

– Appleton School District – will save $3.1 million just in health insurance costs due to being able to bid out the coverage and being able to drop WEA Trust;

– Racine County – inmates can now be used to perform tasks such as landscaping, painting and shoveling sidewalks. Executive Ladwig states this is a “win/win for the inmates and the county.  It frees up county employees for other tasks, gives the inmates a sense of value, and helps the county maintain property that has been neglected.”

– Kaukauna School District – hiring additional teachers, reducing class sizes, enacting a merit pay system, and due
to Gov. Walker’s Budget Bill.  Kaukauna’s operating budget has moved from a negative $400,000 to a positive $1,500,000. Much of this savings was due to being able to drop WEA Trust.

– Hartland School District – switched from WEA Trust and saved $690,000;

– Hudson School District – saved $832,000 on health insurance due to ability to bid the insurance.

– KSTP did a study of the savings in Sheila Harsdorf’s 10th Senate District. They found that Ellsworth, Prescott, Menomonie, Somerset and Hudson school districts are all reporting large savings due to the changes signed into law by Walker.

 

(Keep in mind, WEA TRUST is a union insurance company, a company that has obviously been ripping off the school
districts for years, thanks to collective bargaining that prohibited school districts from seeking insurance coverage from any company other than WEA Trust. How much tax money would we have saved if school districts had been “allowed by the unions” to bid out their insurance over the years?)

 

WANT MORE GOOD NEWS??

 

Governor Walker and our conservative legislators:

– just signed an Unemployment Insurance extension adding 13 weeks of UC benefits.

– Passed a state budget on time, without tax increases, that leaves WI in the black for the first time in over 10 years.

– Turned a $3 billion deficit into a $300 million surplus.

– Cut bonding by nearly 20%.

– Cut more than 1,000 government jobs, including 735 long-term vacancies.

– In the first 6 months of 2011, Wisconsin showed job growth more than twice the national rate.

– Protected our votes by requiring a picture I.D. at the polls.

– Assured that Wisconsin was the 49th state to recognize our 2nd Amendment right to carry concealed weapons.

– Paid off WI’s $60 million debt to MN under the former tax reciprocity agreement.

– Paid back over $200 million to the Injured Patients and Families Fund. This is money that Gov. Doyle unconstitutionally raided from the Patients’ Compensation Fund.

– Gov. Walker expanded the prohibition against tax money being used to subsidize abortion.

 

 

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