TUESDAY'S WI RECALL ELECTION - -
REASONS TO KEEP THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS IN MADISON: Walker and the Republicans put into place reforms that are producing tangible results in a short period of time.
EXAMPLES OF GOOD STUFF HAPPENING IN WISCONSIN:
Ashland School District - saved $378,000 on health insurance;
Kimberly School District - saved $821,000 by dropping WEA Trust Insurance;
Edgerton School District - dropping WEA Trust, expecting to save at least $500,000;
Here are additional examples. I won't include all of the links, but this information is easy to check on Google.
Baraboo School District - dropping WEA Trust, expecting to save at least $660,000;
Dodgeland School District - dropping WEA Trust, expecting to save $260,000
Elmbrook School District - changing health care provider, savings estimated at $878,000;
Mequon-Thiensville School District - saving $49,000 on dental insurance coverage;
Marshfield School District - saving $850,00 by dropping WEA Trust;
City of Sheboygan - Mayor Bob Ryan says collective bargaining reforms will provide enough savings to make up for the reduction in state aid;
Wauwatosa School District - tax levy decreasing, no programs will be cut, class sizes won't increase, thanks to the reforms in collective bargaining;
Manitowoc - Laid-off city workers may get their jobs back due to the wage/benefit reforms contained in Walker's budget. Changes to overtime rules saving the county $100,000;
Pittsville - will see a 9% decrease in the school portion of their property tax levy. "This is the first year we have not needed to short-term borrow," stated Board President Strenn;
Appleton School District - will save $3.1 million just in health insurance costs due to being able to bid out the coverage and being able to drop WEA Trust;
Racine County - inmates can now be used to perform tasks such as landscaping, painting and shoveling sidewalks. Executive Ladwig states this is a win/win for the inmates and the county. It frees up county employees for other tasks, gives the inmates a sense of value, and helps the county maintain property that has been neglected."
Kaukauna School District - hiring additional teachers, reducing class sizes, enacting a merit pay system, and due to Walker's Budget Bill, Kaukauna's operating budget has moved from a negative $400,000 to a positive $1,500,000. Much of this savings was due to being able to drop WEA Trust.
Hartland School District - switched from WEA Trust and saved $690,000;
Hudson School District - saved $832,000 on health insurance due to ability to bid the insurance.
KSTP did a study of the savings in Sheila Harsdorf's 10th Senate District. They found that Ellsworth, Prescott, Menomonie, Somerset and Hudson school districts are all reporting large savings due to the changes signed into law by Walker.
Keep in mind, WEA TRUST is Shelly Moore's union insurance company, a company that has obviously been ripping off the school districts for years, thanks to collective bargaining that prohibited school districts from seeking insurance coverage from any company other than WEA Trust. How much tax money would we have saved if school districts had been "allowed by the unions" to bid out their insurance over the years? I'd say probably many, many, many millions statewide. It's the union money train running off the tracks, finally, and Shelly and her union don't like it.
WANT MORE GOOD NEWS??
Walker just signed an Unemployment Insurance extension adding 13 weeks of UC benefits.
Passed a state budget on time, without tax increases, that leaves WI in the black for the first time in over 10 years.
Turned a $3 billion deficit into a $300 million surplus.
Cut bonding by nearly 20%.
Cut more than 1,000 government jobs, including 735 long-term vacancies.
In the first 6 months of 2011 WI showed job growth more than twice the national rate.
Protected our votes by requiring a picture I.W. at the polls.
Became the 49th state to recognize our 2nd Amendment right to carry concealed weapons.
Paid off WI's $60 million debt to MN under the former tax reciprocity agreement.
Paid back over $200 million to the Injured Patients and Families Fund. This is money that Gov. Doyle unconstitutionally raided from the Patients' Compensation Fund.
Walker expanded the prohibition against tax money being used to subsidize abortion.
Now, if you go to the polls tomorrow and vote for Shelly Moore, a staunch union and WEA Trust advocate, or any of the other union supported candidates, you will set back all of the progress listed above. Do you want to see WI's credit rating destroyed also? Do you want to see WI follow CA to bankruptcy?
Walker and the Republicans are doing the tough work that needs to be done to put WI in a sound financial position. And it's working. Please support the recalled Republicans in tomorrow's election.
AND BE SURE TO VOTE. EVERY SINGLE VOTE WILL COUNT!
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