July 30, 2013

FIRST YOU HAVE TO BREAK THE UNIONS:

Wisconsin a model for country, Scott Walker says ( Isaac Stanley-Becker, 7/29/13, The Journal Sentinel)

Detroit would not be bankrupt and Chicago public schools would be flourishing if those cities operated under Wisconsin's public union laws, Gov. Scott Walker said Monday in what amounted to a national stump speech -- and came days before he hosts the National Governors Association conference in Milwaukee.

Walker likened his public union philosophy to that of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

"The position I pushed is not unlike the principle that Franklin Delano Roosevelt -- not exactly a conservative -- pushed as well when it came to public sector collective bargaining," Walker remarked at the annual Governmental Research Association policy conference. "He felt that there wasn't a need in the public sector to have collective bargaining because the government is the people. We are the people. And so what we've done is to be able to empower our great employees, to affirm them." [...]

Walker said Wisconsin was able to turn a $3 billion deficit at the time he took office into a $75 million surplus as of June 30 by passing legislation that repealed most collective bargaining for most public employees. In addition, the law required most public employees to pay more for their pension and health care benefits.

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