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    House Votes to End Taxpayer-Financed Union Negotiators

    In the Troy Public School District, a teacher whose total compensation tops $139,000 is paid by the district to do union business. There are 39 other school districts that have similar arrangements and these cost taxpayers $2.7 million.

    House Bill 4059 would end that practice. It passed the state House of Representatives on a vote of 59-47 this week. All Democrats and three Republicans voted against the bill.

    The Republicans voting with Democrats against the bill were Reps. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan; Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City; and Dale Zorn, R-Ida.

    The bill still needs to be passed by the state Senate and the signed by the governor to become law. It is sponsored by Rep. Marty Knollenberg, R-Troy.

    “Paying someone with taxpayers’ dollars to negotiate against the taxpayer – it makes no sense,” said Rep. Dave Agema, R-Grandville. “It’s an abuse of taxpayers’ dollars by one of the wealthiest unions in the states.”

    Doug Pratt, spokesman for the Michigan Education Association, didn’t return an email seeking comment.

    Some of the agreements are in union contracts. The bill wouldn’t impact those arrangements until they expired. But the union officials couldn’t be paid by taxpayer dollars in future agreements.

    Michigan Capitol Confidential highlighted the practice of paying teachers to not teach and work on union issues in a March 29 story.

    Link: House Votes to End Taxpayer-Financed Union Negotiators [Michigan Capitol Confidential]

    Doesn't seem unreasonable to me? Thoughts?

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    Re: House Votes to End Taxpayer-Financed Union Negotiators

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    I think it is insane to have union representative’s salaries paid with tax dollars. If the union was using union dues to pay the person’s salary I wouldn’t have a problem with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    It would seem that the constitution is just a god damn piece of paper, to be trotted out when expedient.

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    Re: House Votes to End Taxpayer-Financed Union Negotiators

    I have been saying we need to take America back from the Liberals that have driven us into oblivion and we just let them intimidate us and push us around by calling us intolerant, racist, anti-this or that.

    We need to fight back with facts the truth reality and logic and never roll over to their games, and use of the Alinsky Rules for Radicals or other tricks Liberals are always pulling out of the hat.

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