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Month One: Walker Budget Working
Walker Administration ^ | 8-22-11

Posted on 08/22/2011 3:09:32 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

Madison—One month after the 2011-13 state budget was signed into law, tangible results from the reforms put in place by Governor Walker and the Legislature are being realized. According to media reports, local units of government and school districts have already saved more than $220 million, with millions more in potential savings not yet reported.

The state is also adding jobs. Between December 2007 and December 2010, Wisconsin lost over 153,600 private sector jobs. The state has netted over 39,000 new private sector jobs since the Governor called a special session to open Wisconsin for business. The state has seen 14,100 manufacturing jobs created since January. In June Wisconsin had a net job creation of 9,500 new jobs, including nearly 13,000 private sector jobs. Only four states created more private sector jobs than Wisconsin did in the last month.

Below is a sampling of local units of governments being able to balance their budget and improve services due to the reforms contained in the 2011-13 state budget and the budget repair bill:

Ashland School District

A health insurance provider switch saved Ashland School District nearly $378,000.

Reference: Ashland School District

Kimberly School District

The district saved $821,000 by dropping WEA Trust.

Reference: Kimberly School District

Edgerton School District

The district will drop the union's current health insurance carrier, the WEA Trust. The district is gathering bids to change to a different health insurance provider, which Pauli said could save at least $500,000 over the next year.



Baraboo School District

The Baraboo School Board expects to save about $660,000 next year after deciding to change insurance providers Monday evening.

Reference: Baraboo

Dodgeland School District

The Dodgeland School Board made the decision to change insurance companies.

Administrator Annette Thompson said the change will help the board deal with the expected $640,000 budget deficit from reduced state aid and expiration of some federal and AARA funds. The change in providers is expected to save the district $260,000 next year.

Reference: Dodgeland

Elmbrook School District

The district originally had planned for $780,000 in savings through the health-care changes, but Brightman said the actual savings are estimated at $878,000. He said some of that money likely will be needed to pay for staffing - probably a half-time equivalent clerical position - to administer the new plan.

Reference: Elmbrook

Mequon-Thiensville School District

Delta Dental's quotes also came in lower than those provided by WEA Trust. Beaudry said the district will save $49,000 in the 2011-12 budget cycle by switching to Delta Dental.

Reference: Mequon Thiensville

Marshfield School District

Marshfield will balance its budget despite the cuts. "Given the cost savings with health insurance and the turnover with staff and new hires, we will be able to preserve our programs and come up with a balanced budget," said Peg Geegan, the district's director of instruction who will assume the superintendent's position Aug. 1. The district will save $850,000 by switching health insurance carriers…

Reference: Marshfield

Fond du Lac School District

District leaders believe when school starts in the fall they'll be operating with a balanced budget. They say the savings under the bill will offset their 4.4 million dollar budget shortfall. Class sizes and programs will also remain in tact.


Fond du Lac and Balanced Budget

City of Sheboygan and Sheboygan County

City of Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan and Sheboygan County Administrator Adam Payne said the collective bargaining reforms will provide enough savings to make up for the reductions in state aid. "We were able to lock in savings and certainty due to the discussions going on in Madison," Payne said.

Reference: Sheboygan

Wauwatosa School District

The tax levy is projected to decrease, no programs will be cut, and class sizes won’t increase by any significant measure. School board member Phil Kroner: "When students come to school in the fall, they're going to see the same things, have the same teachers, and they're going to see new things as well.

Reference: Wauwatosa


Laid-off city workers may get their jobs back after the city moves forward with the wage and benefit reforms contained in the budget. And Overtime rules have changed saving the county $100,000.

References: Manitowoc and More Manitowoc


They will see up to a 9% decrease in the school portion of their property tax levy. "It will be wonderful for our taxpayers, who have been extremely committed to our schools," School Board President Julie Strenn said, noting three years ago, voters approved a three-year revenue cap override that cost taxpayers an additional $175,000 each year… "This is the first year we have not needed to short-term borrow.”

Reference: Pittsville


Paul Hauffe, director of business services said, “administrators are poised to introduce a balanced budget in mid-July… We're very close right now, there's nothing monumental that we have to overcome."

Reference: Meenah

Appleton Area School District

They will save $3.1 million just in health insurance costs alone due to competition among health insurance providers. Financial advisors for the school district said:

· Discussions at the state level over collective bargaining and budgeting issues have been beneficial to school districts from the rate perspective.

· It forced a lot of competition. I do think the landscape in the school marketplace has changed significantly over the last year that's put significant pressure on WEA Trust. Previously to this year, they didn't have a lot of competition. Historically, it's very difficult for other carriers to match them.

· The $3.1 million in savings for next school year is just in health insurance premium costs.

Reference: Appleton

Racine County

Inmates can do routine maintenance tasks so that county employees can spend more time working on projects that improve the community. CountyExecutive Jim Ladwig said inmates will be able to perform more tasks such as landscaping, painting, and shoveling sidewalks in the winter. “We have a win-win when we use the inmates,” Ladwig said. “It gives them a sense of value they are helping the community.” At the same time, he said it will help the county maintain property that has been neglected.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: balancedbudget; education; savings; scottwalker; unions; wisconsin; wisconsinshowdown
FYI, Mequon Thiensville saved a lot more money than outlined in this article. They've acually reduced our school tax levy by 5%.

Another tidbit is that the Teachers'Union announced Saturday that they have laid off 40% of their administrative staff. All because they no longer have the money pipeline through the state. They have to collect their own dues now, and teachers have the option of whether to be long to the union, or not.

Scott Walker is my hero!

1 posted on 08/22/2011 3:09:41 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Ding, dong, the witch (Doyle) is dead! Ping the list for Walker’s accomplishments.

2 posted on 08/22/2011 3:11:46 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
(WI) Union cash cutoff has national implications
3 posted on 08/22/2011 3:30:57 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Nicely done Governor Walker.

4 posted on 08/22/2011 3:32:20 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
looks like WEA Trust was a cancerous tumor sucking the life out of the state's schools.
5 posted on 08/22/2011 3:34:58 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard
looks like WEA Trust was a cancerous tumor sucking the life out of the state's schools.

That's pretty accurate. They sold their own health insurance (at nearly double the cost). The teachers no longer have to buy it, and it saves every one money. This is why the unions and the Dems pour $34,000,000 in here to try to unseat the Republican majority in the legislature and the conservative majority on the WI Supreme Court.

6 posted on 08/22/2011 3:40:54 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The Appleton Area District saving $3.1 million alone due to competition of health care providers is huge.

Makes me think the WEA Trust was hosing the state. With all those nasty demonstrations and threats of doom, how much of that was fueled by the WEA Trust, knowing their days of rolling in dough were about to end?
7 posted on 08/22/2011 3:40:54 PM PDT by Shannon
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To: Shannon
Makes me think the WEA Trust was hosing the state. With all those nasty demonstrations and threats of doom, how much of that was fueled by the WEA Trust, knowing their days of rolling in dough were about to end?

They were effectively doing business with the state. Perhaps an audit is in order?

8 posted on 08/22/2011 3:58:29 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: Sergio
Nicely done Governor Walker.

Oh yeah!

Disclaimer: No golf balls were harmed during the creation of the "Wisconsin Miracle"

9 posted on 08/22/2011 4:00:14 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Liberalism: the belief that with enough $ one can wish away any natural law he finds inconvenient)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

You know the union and dem thugs are p*ssed off. Look at what a Republican Governor has done for his state. Yippee!!!

10 posted on 08/22/2011 4:02:22 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: shield

Imagine this spreading across the country! Even shithole states like mine (which would be California) will be forced to go along or be left behind. Once the moron voters see that the unions are nothing but greedy bastards and thugs, even they won’t stay on the RAT bus any longer! Everything would be better if PE unions were legislated out of existence.

11 posted on 08/22/2011 4:09:31 PM PDT by vette6387 (Enough Already!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

And it has the added benefit of defunding the Rats’ cash cow. I wonder how much the unions are losing because they are not getting automatic deductions from the teacher’s paycheck via the state.

12 posted on 08/22/2011 4:22:33 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks afraidfortherepublic.

13 posted on 08/22/2011 5:07:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link --
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Walker had the guts to do the right thing. Well done!

14 posted on 08/22/2011 5:13:59 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Blood of Tyrants; afraidfortherepublic

Check this out, it might say in here. I glanced at it this morning, but had to get back to work.

15 posted on 08/22/2011 5:21:14 PM PDT by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: Hunton Peck; TaMoDee; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; bushwon; ...
Wisconsin Politics Ping List Ping!
16 posted on 08/22/2011 7:51:28 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; All
Question. The savings on medical insurance is staggering. Every district..across the boad. And in some cases, WEAC has ofered to match competitor's quotes.

As I understand it, the old union contracts mandated that the school districts contract with WEAC. But I can't believe that over all those years, all those school districts, not ONE finance administrator ever got a quote from another carrier, just out of curiosity, and then asked/wondered WHY WEAC was 30-40% HIGHER.

I'm not an atty, but that sure sounds/smells like price fixing/collusion/racketeering to me. Shouldn't the Wisconsin AG be investigating?

17 posted on 08/22/2011 8:12:31 PM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK 3 miles every day.)
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To: ken5050

Wis. State Stas. require union dues be collected IF there is a formal contract in place. Simple, if a contract was signed and in currently in place, the government entity is obligated to collect union dues via payroll deduction.

I sit on a Union Negotiating Committee (for a county, with four unions) and made several attempts to get that particular State Stat. removed. Our current contract will expire in 2013 (unfortunately)but I will continue to get it out of the stats by hounding state legislators.

18 posted on 08/23/2011 5:44:05 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Progov

I’m NOT talking about the dues check-off...most of the union contracts had clauses that REQUIRED the school board to purchase the medical coverage from the WEAC insurance competitive bidding....that’s what was wrong..and why wasn’t it ever questioned?

19 posted on 08/23/2011 9:15:08 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK 3 miles every day.)
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To: ken5050

Well it was questioned by the public and by conservative talk show hosts a lot. That’s just part of the reason we elected Walker — to turn this around.

20 posted on 08/23/2011 9:30:24 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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