Saturday, November 13, 2010

It’s time Legislators Save Taxpayer Money with a Pay Cut and higher benefit Contributions? We want to rein in Government Spending Now.

It occurred to me as I read the story below, that as elected officials demand PUBLIC teachers reduce their pay and contribute more to their benefit packages for cash strapped local economies, why shouldn’t the same rules apply to state legislators? We basically can’t afford their outrageous salaries and Cadillac benefit packages. They don’t do what we want anyway.

The incoming state Senate President says expect a different approach in dealing with unions this legislative session. Mike Ellis (R-Neenah): “They (unions) had an absolute fun time in Madison. The labor people got just about everything they wanted.”

He cites as an example, changes last year to teacher contract bargaining law … new rules don’t require factoring in local economic conditions and potential effects on revenue control.

Ellis says this could lead to “blowing a hole” in the revenue control and lead to shortages for other public services. “We need to put the tax payer at the front of the class,” the Neenah Republican tells WIBA.

He’s right of course. These high paid career politicians should start patching that hole with a pay and benefit cut. We all have to tighten our belts, why not them, especially when it's our hard earned money?

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