Wisconsin

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Wisconsin: How we got here

source: http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/02/18/6081693-wisconsin-how-we-got-here?ocid=twitter

EXCERPTS:

“– [Wisconsin’s new Republican Governor, Scott] Walker also pushed through three tax cut bills negatively impacting projected tax revenues by $117 million — the tax cuts went toward health savings accounts, deductions for relocated businesses, and exclusions for hiring new employees.

— The pension system in Wisconsin is actually quite healthy. In fact, it was one of only four states (FL WA, and NY are the others) that entered 2008 fully funded.

‎– On collective bargaining, it:
1) removes rights to bargain collectively for most of 175,00 state employees;
2) exempts most law enforcement, firefighters, and Wisconsin State Patrol;
3) does not allow employers to collect union dues in paychecks.

Political power in Wisconsin
— State House is Republican controlled 57-38-1
— State Senate is Republican controlled 19-14

Other nuggets
— AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) started in Madison in 1932.
— Wisconsin was the first state to give local government workers and teachers collective bargaining rights with the Public employee Collective Bargaining Act in 1959.
— State government workers got collective bargaining in 1970s.”

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