An editorial recently published by the Janesville Gazette “Editorial Staff” should help open up some eyes of those who still think the Gazette is some sort of a moderate or politically balanced newspaper.
The editorial is largely self explained by the title, Act 10’s Big Winner: Taxpayers. But apparently the Gazette editorial staff has been drinking the koolaid concocted by the MacIver Institute when they attempt to claim that Act 10 has somehow “saved” Wisconsin taxpayers billions of dollars.
Of course when government cuts public employee pay or benefits it will “save” itself something. That’s only logical, but the claim is largely political propaganda based on hypotheticals with a total disregard in intrinsic value and real dollar costs to Wisconsin communities and families.
It also fails to take a global view of the state budget in the fact that while Act 10 tethered municipal budgets to assessed growth, Walker's budgets operate outside of those same growth restrictions and have grown dramatically every year since Act 10 was rammed through. As you know, the money for the increase in state spending came from somebody's pockets.
Sadly, the Gazette staff also paints the victims of Gov. Scott Walker’s bomb dropping attack as rabid and their protests "divisive."
But what’s past is past and we can only hope that a more progressive platform with a vision of optimism, collaboration and mutual benefit eventually gains traction in our state. However, don’t count on the Gazette to be part of that anytime soon because their editorial also suggests what Gov. Scott Walker and the state's GOP-majority legislature should do next.
If Walker made a misstep with Act 10, he arguably wasn’t aggressive enough, which is strange to say given the rabid protests against it. The groups’ study notes municipality savings could have been even greater if Act 10 did not exempt police officers and firefighters, who make up about one-third of local government personnel.
At some point, the Republican-controlled Legislature should revisit extending Act 10 to all public sector unions to prevent disparities in pay among government workers and boost savings to taxpayers.
Hey firefighters and police officers - if it's up to the Gazette, you're next to be clawed down. But don't worry, Act 10 allowed you to save enough to keep buying those Gazette annual subscriptions.
Upon endorsing Walker the third time for governor, that is what the Gazette meant when they asked voters to re-elect him to finish the job.
Just more divide and conquer. Watch it:
On a separate note but related directly to the Gazette's support for cutting local fire and police compensation, the newspaper knows the city of Janesville gave away most of its future growth in assessed tax value to wealthy developers and city hall insiders for the next 20 to 25 years. They know the only political fix to flat-line the city budget for the short-term is by depressing public employee wages and benefits at every turn.