I can show you how we could increase revenues by about 200 billion dollars without raising our tax rate even 1% …. and really think it would pass both houses can you show where we could cut spending by half of that, that would pass both houses?
If that particular scheme is what you're talking about, then I would agree with you that unions are partially funded by taxpayer dollars.
If you are saying that their union dues are taxpayer dollars, then I disagree. Teachers are paid a salary. Once that salary is in their hands, it's their money.
Oops. Here's the link for information about the union's enforced health plan: http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/117911244.html
Last edited by MaggieD; 03-16-11 at 08:14 AM.
Thank you, Quazi!
(This is the GOP way....the Democrats' way is to raise taxes 67.5% as they just did in Illinois. Yeah, that serves the middle class and workers of America. Serves them on a platter.
Last edited by MaggieD; 03-16-11 at 08:18 AM.
Thank you, Quazi!
Michigan passes 'financial martial law' bill - Jennifer Epstein - POLITICO.comMichigan legislators have approved a bill authorizing state-appointed emergency financial managers to break union contracts that struggling cities and school districts have with their workers.
Following up on the state Senate’s passage of the bill last week, the House passed the bill 62-48 on Tuesday, sending the legislation to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for final approval. Snyder, who asked for the expanded powers for emergency financial managers, is expected to sign the bill into law.
Supporters say the bill gives the state a way to step into distressed municipalities and schools before they collapse. It also gives emergency financial managers broad authority to end employee union contracts, and to nullify elected boards and councils.
The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Al Pscholka, said Tuesday that it would give the state the power it needs to dig important institutions out of financial holes. “For years we have allowed cities and schools to be on the verge of bankruptcy without any intervention,” he told Reuters. “When the state finally does arrive, in many cases we find the financial records in disarray and leave emergency managers with very few good options to balance the books.”
Democrats, meanwhile, consider the bill part of a broader attack on public sector unions and on collective bargaining that has also been the subject of debate in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and elsewhere.
wisconsin aint the only place lookin at recalls
In dramatic revolt, Miami-Dade voters fire Mayor Carlos Alvarez over pay hikes, tax increase - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.comVoters swept Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez out of office by a stunning margin Tuesday, capping a dramatic collapse for a politician who was given increased authority by voters four years ago to clean up much-maligned county government but was ushered out in the largest recall of a local politician in U.S. history.
The spectacular fall from power comes after two years of missteps, ranging from granting top staffers big pay hikes to construction of a publicly funded stadium for the Florida Marlins to implementation of a property-tax rate increase that outraged an electorate struggling through an ugly recession.
Voters responded by handing the mayor a humiliating defeat: Nearly nine of every 10 voted to remove Alvarez from office.
County Commissioner Natacha Seijas was similarly recalled Tuesday in a resounding defeat. For 18 years she represented a district that includes Miami Lakes and Hialeah and was widely regarded as the most powerful politician on the commission.
party on, progressives
-chuckles- I don't often disagree with your posts, this is one I just happen to. without taxpayer funding, teachers would not have jobs, their employer is basically the taxpayers of Wisconsin, now I might bow out, if teachers were given the choice to belong to that union or not to. But they aren't, if you want to teach at a public school in Wisconsin, you have to be a union member. To be a union member your dues are mandatory, that money that they are paid, comes from the taxpayers of Wisconsin.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville