From Christian Schneider at NRO’s Corner
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s critics are…loath to put numbers on stats — numbers that show his public-sector collective-bargaining reforms are benefiting the state. Wisconsin is replete with examples of cities and school districts that are reforming their finances to finally balance their books — and doing it without significant cuts to services…under Walker’s plan to require greater health-care and pension contributions from government employees, the City of Milwaukee actually comes out $11 million ahead…the Brown Deer school district is implementing a plan to allow performance pay for its best teachers…In Appleton, the collective-bargaining reforms allowed the school district there to save $3 million by bidding for health care on the open market…In Manitowoc, County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer altered overtime procedures for county employees, saving taxpayers $100,000…all over the state, teacher jobs are being spared due to the increased benefit requirements in Walker’s plan. The Wauwatosa School District, facing a $6.5 million shortfall, anticipated needing to cut 100 teacher jobs — yet they were able to spare those teachers through shared sacrifice.
Read the rest here: Reforms Working