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Walker (WI) Budget Gives School District Surplus, Reduces Class Sizes, Hires More Teachers
Legal Insurrection ^ | June 30, 2011 | Matthew Knee

Posted on 06/30/2011 3:46:46 PM PDT by Qbert

Althouse:

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

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.Let’s stop and think of all the protesters who carried signs asserting that their opposition to Scott Walker was for the children.

Preposterous! Surely she cannot mean that lower labor costs per worker might free up money to hire more!  What next, claims that increasing the minimum wage kills jobs?  That much of the money lost to unionization is eventually recouped at the expense of consumers? 


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: budget; education; pensions; schools; scottwalker; teachers; unions; unionthugs; walker; wi; wisconsinshowdown
This is how you do it.
1 posted on 06/30/2011 3:47:00 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Now we see which side TRULY is “for the children.”


2 posted on 06/30/2011 3:49:57 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: pogo101

Exactly.


3 posted on 06/30/2011 3:59:36 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert

And, get this? The national teachers union is going to give the 14 Democrat state senators who fled Wisconsin their highest award. So if you run away from your elected duties because the teachers union isn’t happy, you get the gold plate or whatever. Of course, the unions are suing as well. So the thugs continue whining in Wisconsin.


4 posted on 06/30/2011 4:08:51 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: Qbert
"Preposterous! Surely she cannot mean that lower labor costs per worker might free up money to hire more!"

This is the WHOLE article? Who the heck is "she" supposed to be???

5 posted on 06/30/2011 4:31:49 PM PDT by jackibutterfly (The American Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.)
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To: pogo101

Like all communist/socialist institutions, unions aren’t for anyone but the people who run them.


6 posted on 06/30/2011 4:33:59 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: From The Deer Stand
Of course, the unions are suing as well.

Walker should offer to work to rescind the law to settle the lawsuit. Of course, he will need to remind everyone that the surpluses, extra teachers, etc. will be going away if he agrees. Then, ask the people who they support: him and the Repubs or the Unions and Dems?

Let's see how that plays on the evening news.

7 posted on 06/30/2011 4:34:31 PM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: 5thGenTexan
Walker should offer to work to rescind the law to settle the lawsuit. Of course, he will need to remind everyone that the surpluses, extra teachers, etc. will be going away if he agrees. Then, ask the people who they support: him and the Repubs or the Unions and Dems?

I like the way you think!
8 posted on 06/30/2011 4:39:10 PM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: jackibutterfly

There’s a link from the note in the Journal Sentinel to the original article in the PostCrescent. They also implemented $300,000 in merit pay, to be awarded at the discretion of the school board.


9 posted on 06/30/2011 4:39:48 PM PDT by Norseman (Term Limits: 8 years is enough!)
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To: jackibutterfly

I think the “she” is in reference to Prof. Ann Althouse (”Althouse”). They didn’t link to the original piece she wrote, so hence, I didn’t either.


10 posted on 06/30/2011 4:42:17 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: From The Deer Stand

The people should countersue. Say that until grades go up, there will be no salary increases.

Treat them like they treat CEO’s from failing companies.

That will shut them up.


11 posted on 06/30/2011 5:08:15 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Liberals who graduate from Ivy League schools are the dumbest people on the planet.)
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To: From The Deer Stand

With such wisdom flowing from your keyboard, I’m tempted to believe you are sitting in the deer stand right now.

If so, I hope you brought a snack. Bow season is still a couple months out.

Actually, I might be in the woods doing some stand maintenance this weekend. I had some of my best work-related ideas while on stand last year. Those ideas are now being implemented on our new projects. And I shot the buck of my life (10pt 160+) the mount of which I might pick up after fishing Saturday.

Ahhhh.... Wisconsin!


12 posted on 06/30/2011 5:09:10 PM PDT by BuddhaBrown (Path to enlightenment: Four right turns, then go straight until you see the Light!)
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To: Qbert; Diana in Wisconsin

SWEET! GO WALKER GO!


13 posted on 06/30/2011 5:37:09 PM PDT by LibertyRocks
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To: Qbert

Congrats Scott Walker and Wisconsin!


14 posted on 06/30/2011 6:03:22 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Obama? Law degree. Reagan? Economics. Obama studied gov't. Reagan studied prosperity.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
   >> The people should countersue. Say that until grades go up, there will be no salary increases.

I hate to be a wet blanket, but don't think for a split second that a lot of teachers wouldn't pad their students' grades just to get a raise.
15 posted on 06/30/2011 6:13:52 PM PDT by Mike-o-Matic
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To: Qbert

Why not return the newly projected surplus to the taxpayers? Instead, the school district focuses on hiring more unionized agitators.


16 posted on 06/30/2011 6:19:17 PM PDT by jimnm
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To: Mike-o-Matic

“I hate to be a wet blanket, but don’t think for a split second that a lot of teachers wouldn’t pad their students’ grades just to get a raise.”

So they would do exactly what they didn’t want to do with No Child Left Behind.

Bush’s fault!


17 posted on 06/30/2011 6:29:07 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Liberals who graduate from Ivy League schools are the dumbest people on the planet.)
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To: LibertyRocks; Qbert; Hunton Peck; TaMoDee; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...
Wisconsin Politics Ping List Ping!
18 posted on 06/30/2011 6:55:44 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: Qbert

bump


19 posted on 06/30/2011 7:40:22 PM PDT by gibsosa
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To: Qbert; All

Not quite...any government entity, even a school board, will still spend whatever revenue it has..if they now have a $ 1.5 mill surplus...put $ 500k into a reserve fund, and LOWER school taxes next year..even a few dollars per household..


20 posted on 07/01/2011 6:55:29 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: Qbert

The irony here is Walker’s new rules, opposed by union thugs, is freeing up money to hire more teachers... more UNION members.


21 posted on 07/01/2011 9:14:30 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: Qbert

Smaller classes aren’t what is needed!

Disipline in the classroom is!

In the 1940s when I was in school Los Angeles schools had a minimum class size of 34 students and if there wasn’t that many they combined classes.

The difference was you didn’t screw up or you got whipped!


22 posted on 07/01/2011 9:21:06 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Qbert

Why isn’t this story being aired all over the country several times like the Wisconsin protests were?
(Don’t bother answering that -I know why)

BUMP!


23 posted on 07/02/2011 11:58:48 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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To: newzjunkey
The irony here is Walker’s new rules, opposed by union thugs, is freeing up money to hire more teachers... more UNION members.

Union dues are no longer collected automatically under the new Walker budget. If what happened in Indiana is any indication, union dues will drop by 90% within two years.

24 posted on 07/06/2011 2:51:39 PM PDT by Terabitten ("Don't retreat. RELOAD!!" -Sarah Palin)
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