It’s ALL about the money
April 20, 2011
April 20, 2011
On Monday, the slightly less Liberal of Madison’s newspapers reported that government unions might respond to a narrower range of collective bargaining subjects by turning their attention to politics. That’s like warning that climate change could make Las Vegas hot and dry.
But union leaders weren’t hesitant to talk and it would be a mistake not to take them seriously. Electing a different governor and repealing the collective bargaining law top their agenda.
As a Wisconsin resident you already bear a heavier tax burden than people in most other states. The unions’ agenda would make it heavier still.
And “heavier still” means? This week the Department of Revenue said 10.9 percent of Wisconsinites’ personal income in 2010 went to pay state and local taxes—meaning, largely, wages and benefits for government employees whose unions are openly formulating strategies to have you pay more.
“More” in this case would be on top of what the Tax Foundation recently identified as the fourth highest state and local tax burden in the U.S., based on 2009 statistics.
Meanwhile, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau says under the proposed Walker budget, the property tax bill for an average Wisconsin home would increase less than one percent each of the next two years. That a property tax increase can be good news because it isn’t bigger tells you a lot about how state government was operating until inauguration day in January. Fortunately, that’s changing.
What won’t change is government unions totally focused on restoring the pre-Walker status quo and taking more of whatever you’ve got.
Oh, and until late last week a souvenir stand on the Capitol Square was hawking union protest memorabilia under a sign that read: “It’s not about the money.”
And no, we aren’t making that up.