- The cost of Wisconsin’s State employees exceeds its tax revenues
- The average salary of a Milwaukee public school teacher is $56,500, but when you factor in the benefits packages, including health care and pensions, the annual cost to the taxpayer is over $100,000 per year.
- Wisconsin spends more per pupil than any other Midwestern state
- Two thirds of Wisconsin 8th graders cannot read at a proficient level, according to 2009 data from the U.S. Department of Education.
- Twenty-two percent, or nearly one in four students, cannot even read at a “basic” level.
- The Governor has two options: Raise Taxes or cut services. Since he was elected to balance the budget, without raising taxes, that’s not really an option. So, he decided to face down the unions.
- He is not cutting pay, he is trying to break the unions’ perceived right to give guaranteed salary raises to incompetent or ineffective employees.
What would you do?