January 16th, 2020
Wisc Gov. Sets Tone for Nation, Proposes No Negotiation Rights for Gov't Employees
WISCONSIN— Wisconsin governor Scott Walker proposed a bill Tuesday that would take away virtually all collective bargaining rights for many Wisconsin government employees, including teachers and municipal workers. Walker reasoned that one must have money in order to bargain, and the government has no money; therefore, a halt on bargaining rights is necessary.
As a state once referred to as a “laboratory for democracy,” Wisconsin could be setting the tone for a nationwide trend in reducing the chokehold government employees have on state budgets.
“Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn could certainly take heed of Gov. Walker’s logic,” said Jim Tobin, President of National Taxpayers United of Illinois (NTUI). “Rather than raise the Illinois state income tax 67% to meet the outrageous demands of greedy public employees, eliminate the power public employees have by cutting off the bargaining rights they use to fund their lavish, gold-plated pensions.”
With extravagant pensions for retired government employees statewide, it’s time Gov. Quinn listened to the sound-logic of Illinois’ northern neighbor, and loosen the death-grip public employees are using to drain taxpayer dollars and spin Illinois into further debt.