Egad, what’s next? The anti-governor Wis. judge’s son is a union-activity organizer, now her husband comes out a campaign donor to three of the AWOL Dems and to Gov. Walker’s opponent in the Repub tsunami election of ’10! This lady is a study in interest conflict. Textbook material.
Wall St. Journal tells percentage of Wisconsin public employees unionists’ compensation that would go for pensions, vs. “little or nothing” at this point:
Gov. [Scott] Walker first introduced his “budget repair” bill a week ago, setting off the firestorm that has swept the Capitol. Besides limiting collective-bargaining rights for most workersexcepting police, firefighters and others involved in public safetyit would require government workers, who currently contribute little or nothing to their pensions, to contribute 5.8% of their pay to pensions, and pay at least 12.6% of health-care premiums, up from an average of 6%.
Walker’s proposal would . . . require all [non-public
safety] state workers to pay half their pension costs and 12.6% of their healthcare coverage, shaving an estimated $330 million off a $3.6-billion deficit.
Half the cost vs. 5.8% of workers’ pay gives us quite a different number to mull over bkfst coffee.
Trib also cites “conservative analysts” as having “long contended that excessively powerful unions representing teachers, welfare workers and other state and local employees have boosted pay and pensions across the country, laying the groundwork for the nation’s fiscal crisis.”
Correct, but Wall St. Jnl slaps this graph on its page 2:
Source: Labor Dept., as noted, providing ample grist for those conservatives’ mill.