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Lastly, the union's supposed agreement to contribute more was never in writing. They were using that as a talking point, IMO, in order to appear to be wililng to help and try to stop Walker's other reforms, but no actual agreement ever occured. In fact, many of the unions, the ones still under contract, refuse to contribute anymore to benefits.
According to the CS article:
1) Wages and salaries (excluding benefits) made up 38 percent of state and local spending
2) Wages and salaries (excluding benefits) made up 46 percent of only the local's spending
3) Wages and salaries (excluding benefits)account for 26 percent of only the state's spending
Add benefits in, and you are well over 40 percent of the state and local spending going to PS union employees.
For your review, I have copied the relevent piece of the article. You may want to note that wages and salaries are clearly defined in the first line as "exluding pension contributions and other benefits" (Bold). They then say just salary and wages are taking up 38% of state and local spending (underlined). They then break the total (state and local) spending down by local spending (46%)and by state spending (26%). Keep in mind, all of those percentages, do not include pension and other beneifts - strictly salary and wages.
In 2007-2008 (the most current year data is available) wages and salaries–excluding pension contributions and other benefits– made up 38 percent of state and local current spending. For local governments, wages and salaries represent 46 percent of current spending. For states, salaries and wages account for 26 percent.
Last edited by buck; 11-20-11 at 12:37 AM.
And I haven't seen any figures suggesting how much benefits cost relative to wages and salaries. I'm sure it's a lot, but let's not pull figures from thin air.
We could probably posit a figure somewhere between what I'm suggesting and what you're suggesting and it would be about right.
All of which is really beside the point, which is that Walker is an ass. The unions had already agreed to essentially all of his demands. There was no reason to bust them. Clearly it was a political move more than a fiscal move, and it's one that he chose not to share with the voters when he was running for office. If he had he probably would not have won.
Here's another article with much the same numbers. However, this one includes benefits, and the percentage comes out to 44% of state and local spending.
Some Basic Facts on State and Local Government Workers — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities■Total compensation. Spending on benefits such as health insurance and retirement is not reported to the Census but can be estimated using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Adding these costs brings the total costs of compensation for state and local workers to about 44 percent of state and local spending. Some 20 percent of state spending is for employee compensation, compared to about 55 percent of local government spending.