Under the new Wisconsin budget repair, one school district goes from a $400,000 deficit to a $1.5 million surplus.

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    Jun 30, 2011 4:22 AM GMT
    http://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/06/under-new-wisconsin-budget-repair-one.html

    Althouse quotes Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    Cost savings from worker contributions to health care and retirement, taking effect today as part of the new collective bargaining laws, will swing the Kaukauna School District from a $400,000 budget deficit to an estimated $1.5 million surplus.... The district... plans to hire teachers and reduce class size.
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    Jun 30, 2011 11:02 AM GMT
    riddler78 saidhttp://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/06/under-new-wisconsin-budget-repair-one.html

    Althouse quotes Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

    Cost savings from worker contributions to health care and retirement, taking effect today as part of the new collective bargaining laws, will swing the Kaukauna School District from a $400,000 budget deficit to an estimated $1.5 million surplus.... The district... plans to hire teachers and reduce class size.


    Specious argument. Similar savings could have been reached through collective bargaining. The article also does not take into account the fact that teachers now have nearly 20% of their income going to pay for benefits, which will not be spent in the local economy.
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    Jun 30, 2011 12:35 PM GMT
    Christian73 said...Similar savings could have been reached through collective bargaining. ...

    Yeah, like that really worked before, didn't it? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 30, 2011 12:43 PM GMT
    socalfitness said
    Christian73 said...Similar savings could have been reached through collective bargaining. ...

    Yeah, like that really worked before, didn't it? icon_rolleyes.gif


    Actually, it has worked and is working all over the country.
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    Jun 30, 2011 1:05 PM GMT
    Wisconsin is having a grand experiment. Teachers and public workers are paying to repair the budget rather than the state's wealthier citizens contributing more.

    How will this affect their economy? As Christian says, it will obviously reduce the spending power of those teachers and workers.

    Will new teachers be hired and class sizes reduced? We will see.

    I am a progressive liberal but I find myself in favor of 'Any Means Necessary' to balance the budget. What I don't understand is why the sacrifice isn't being spread more evenly.

    A related point: Have you ever heard Ann Althouse(of the quoted article) speak or debate? I highly recommend viewing her on Bloggingheads.tv.

    I promise that you will lose all respect for her. She is coy and passive-aggressive and relies entirely on her 'womanly charms' whenever she faces a challenge to her argument. She's just a softer version of Ann Coulter.
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    Jun 30, 2011 9:10 PM GMT

    Key word in the OP's title - "one".
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    Jun 30, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
    Just this week, the local school district here voted unanimously to raise property taxes because of shortfalls from the state, and STILL had to cut 120 positions (including 80 teachers).
    Guess what, the state of PA is supposed to have a surplus.
    I'm sure similar things are happening all over the country--local school boards having to raise taxes because the state legislatures won't. All the credit and none of the discredit...win-win for the state legislatures.icon_lol.gif