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Every campaign evolves away from core talking points, but Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is sticking by a plan that could mean up to $14,000 in compensation cuts for state workers.
After a campaign rally here Monday, as Barrett attempts to energize his supporters ahead of Tuesday's recall election, he stood by his plan to “Put Madison on a Diet,” a 67-page document he issued during his 2010 run for governor.
"The underlying tenets are still there,” Barrett told Wisconsin Reporter about the plan. “They’re very much what we’re looking at.”
As part of the plan, Barrett says he wants to “rightsize” — see also: layoffs — state government and put public-worker pay and benefits more in line with private-sector compensation.
"We can change the culture in Madison by ... keeping state employee compensation and pensions in line with the private sector," Barrett wrote on his 2010 website.
A May 30 study by American Enterprise Institute's Andrew Biggs, resident scholar, and Jason Richwine, senior policy analyst, showed that “pension benefits for Wisconsin public employees are roughly 4.5 times more valuable than private sector levels while health benefits are about twice as generous as those paid by larger private sector Wisconsin employers.”
In all, the report said, public workers make about 22 percent more than the state’s private employees.
To put all workers on a level playing field, public workers would be in for a drastic benefit and compensation cut.
Ummm...isn't this what Scott Walker is being recalled for? For reducing government waste and saving money for the taxpayers of Wisconsin? Yet if Walker is recalled, his replacement will do the exact same thing.
Originally posted by oneness86
Walker does not stand a chance of winning, especially since unions run this country...i smell a fix coming.