I only wish California residents were facing the choice Wisconsin is.
The provisions of Wisconsin’s budget repair bill are badly needed here; however, we will be fortunate to secure half of what the Badger State is after.
Realistically, even the strongest measure will not limit salary increases from the collective bargaining process as Wisconsin’s law would. I hope that a meaningful pension reform measure is presented to the voters along with the tax extension ballot Governor Brown wants. The two measures need to be tied – one should not pass without the other.
Unfortunately, the public unions view Wisconsin’s budget repair bill as a threat to their livelihoods.
But the real threat is unemployment – and that’s exactly what they will get if this bill does not pass. That’s because taxpayers cannot afford the compensation and benefits of public employees.
The unions say it is unfair, but they forget that fairness is a two-way street. Taxpayers deserve to have a seat at the table, preferably the biggest seat.
Throughout California, the general public has been abandoned in order to keep organized public union funds rolling into campaign coffers.
If nothing else, the confrontation in Wisconsin has raised the debate over unsustainable compensation and benefits to a level that was unimaginable just a few years ago.