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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-11 11:11 AM
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Matthew Rothschild: The Madison Protests Are About Union Busting, Not Budget Cuts
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The Madison Protests Are About Union Busting, Not Budget Cuts
By Matthew Rothschild, February 18, 2011


Im fed up with the corporate medias coverage of the great fight-back in Wisconsin.

This is not about a budget crisis. Actually, the current budget is in surplus to the tune of $54 million, according to the Legislative Research Bureau.

And to the extent that the budget may get worse later, Gov. Walker has no one to blame but himself because he kissed goodbye $800 million in federal money for high speed rail, and he gave the rich tax breaks worth $117 million.

And this is not about whether public sector employees would be willing to pay more for health care or pensions. Their unions have said theyd be willing to negotiate on this. ............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.progressive.org/wx021811.html



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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-11 11:30 AM
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1. Destroying the high speed rail put 400 people out of work and additional 14.25 mil. already spent.
Proponents of the Wisconsin project argue that it doesn't make sense to stop a project expected to create 5,500 construction jobs during the next three years and 55 permanent jobs after it's up and running.

Doyle, who last week put the project on hold, said he still thinks it is a good idea. Stopping it will cost Wisconsin $14.25 million in money already spent, and put the state on the hook for about $83 million in upgrades to the existing line, the governor said. It also would result in more than 400 people currently working on the project being put out of work, mostly from private contractors, Doyle said.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/08/jim-doyle-high...



So I would argue that this Emergency Budget crisis never had to be, but that it was created through bad faith moves intended to put govt. workers on the hook for Walkers bad behavior...
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-19-11 11:32 AM
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2. ''R'' means Reverse
Also stands for "Recall."
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