Who wants to recall a billion-saver?

posted at 4:41 pm on April 24, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

That will be the real question for Wisconsin voters in June, when recall elections take place. The state has balanced its books under Scott Walker and a Republican-led state legislature, which closed a big budget hole without raising taxes — and in some cases, lowering them.  The effort saved Badger State taxpayers more than a billion dollars, Walker argues:

Gov. Scott Walker said Monday that his policies had saved Wisconsin taxpayers more than $1 billion so far – savings largely achieved by the Republican governor and lawmakers repealing most public workers’ union bargaining and effectively lowering their compensation.

Much of those savings – more than three-quarters of a billion dollars – could be verified, such as state and local workers picking up more of the tab for their health care and pension. But the figures also included a significant amount of savings for local governments that could not be verified. …

When Walker took office last year, he faced a projected shortfall of more than $3 billion over the two-year budget starting in July 2011. Walker dealt with that by focusing largely on spending cuts rather than tax increases, with roughly $1.3 billion in cuts over two years for schools, local governments, universities and technical colleges. He and GOP lawmakers also put tight limits on local officials’ ability to raise property taxes.

One of Walker’s opponents isn’t that impressed:

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the other leading Democratic opponent to Walker, said the governor’s policies had led to nearly 1,500 teaching jobs being lost over the past year and the state still had a more than $140 million deficit.

“This isn’t a record to brag about – it’s a record that causes failed governors to be tossed from office,” Barrett said in a statement.

The passage of Walker’s PEU reforms kept the state and local governments from axing a lot more than 1500 positions, which the pending budget imbalance would have required.  And Barrett’s criticism of the current budget gap may be resonant on its face, but not in context.  Is Barrett really arguing that the party whose governance left the $3 billion hole in the first place that required the cuts was somehow more responsible than the party who whittled it down to $140 million and shrinking?

Well, Wisconsin voters … that’s the question you will have to answer in June.  It’s not really a tough choice.  I doubt if many will need a lifeline to answer it.


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A billion dollars is chump change.

they lie on April 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Scott Walker is a poopy-head!

/lib

SouthernGent on April 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Well, Wisconsin voters … that’s the question you will have to answer in June. It’s not really a tough choice. I doubt if many will need a lifeline to answer it.

Then again, you aren’t counting on the screeching ignorance of Wisconsin regressives who are very, very upset that their government money-laundering racket has been busted up.

Good Lt on April 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Well, Wisconsin voters … that’s the question you will have to answer in June. It’s not really a tough choice. I doubt if many will need a lifeline to answer it.

I must say, Ed, your faith in the competence and intelligence of the average Wisconsin voter is touching.

Lily on April 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the other leading Democratic opponent to Walker, said the governor’s policies had led to nearly 1,500 teaching jobs being lost over the past year and the state still had a more than $140 million deficit.
“This isn’t a record to brag about – it’s a record that causes failed governors to be tossed from office,” Barrett said in a statement.

Democrat Donkey Desperation

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I’m sure Jerry Brown in Cali is taking notes!
/s

Marcola on April 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

When Walker took office last year, he faced a projected shortfall of more than $3 billion over the two-year budget starting in July 2011. Walker dealt with that by focusing largely on spending cuts rather than tax increases, with roughly $1.3 billion in cuts over two years for schools, local governments, universities and technical colleges. He and GOP lawmakers also put tight limits on local officials’ ability to raise property taxes.
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Ummm,in the Lefty MindSet,the Wisconsin Unions and Teachers
more than likey see it as THEFT,and what THEIR MONEY back,and
so,one way is to RECALL it BABY,and put in their own GOONS,er P
olitician to git it back!!

canopfor on April 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I’m sure Jerry Brown in Cali is taking notes!
/s

Marcola on April 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Brown and that criminal Villaraigosa are turning what was only a few years ago the world’s 6th largest economy into the poorest province of Mexico. It is all by design too.

Rixon on April 24, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I cannot believe that residents of Wisconsin would vote out Walker when they are seeing their property taxes going down. Even with the ratio of union to private workers, the average homeowner knows where their bottom line is.

Kini on April 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

The Wisconsin businesses I work with tell me that Walker is up by 5-7 pts.

This race has national implications as the democraps spent millions on this election. If Walker wins, look out unions!!!
All it takes is one and the dominoes will begin to fall.

Public sector unions and their antics are bankrupting this country.

Amjean on April 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Democrat Donkey Desperation

Bitter Clinger on April 24, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Bitter Clinger:Very nice,I’ll chime in….

…..Dumps Jack*ss Dung in Downtown Wisconsin!!:)

canopfor on April 24, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Know your Goons,er Foes!!

Teachers Union!

http://www.facebook.com/MyWEAC

canopfor on April 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the other leading Democratic opponent to Walker, said the governor’s policies had led to nearly 1,500 teaching jobs being lost over the past year and the state still had a more than $140 million deficit.

So Barrett wants to do nothing and have to fire even more teachers and run a bigger deficit? Sounds like a good plan.

But who knows how it will go. CA voters opted for economic suicide in the last election, maybe WI will too.

forest on April 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Gov. Scott Walker said Monday that his policies had saved Wisconsin taxpayers more than $1 billion so far – savings largely achieved by the Republican governor and lawmakers repealing most public workers’ union bargaining and effectively lowering their compensation.

Biased characterization. A big part of the savings was due to the ending of the greedy-union monopoly on healthcare insurance. The incredible profits from that organization went not to the teachers, but into the pockets of the greedy-union monopoly owners.

slickwillie2001 on April 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Most of the “lost” jobs were in districts like Milwaukee that signed contracts before ACT 10 was implemented. They couldn’t make the teachers contribute, or modifiy thier work rules so – surprise – to cut costs they had to FIRE some of them.

Layoffs were few and far between in the other counties.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_7rFHXBC9c

Green_Bay_Packers on April 24, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Ok WI, it is up to you. Do not be bamboozled like OH did ealrier last year.

jake49 on April 24, 2012 at 5:02 PM

My political dream: Walker wins by 12 or more points, the avalanche is so large that Romney selects him for vp. Liberal heads explode, conservative and Tea Party activists electrified from coast to coast.

matthew8787 on April 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM

But everyone knows 140 is higher than 3 so Walker ran up the state deficit!
/s

Please please please Sconny voters, do not fall asleep or for the donkey crap talking points. Pretty please!!!

VikingGoneWild on April 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Speaking of Spending loot and Brain washing young skulls full of
mush(H/t Rush on phrase),the Propaganda of students continues….

…And,I know of other countries who keep their students in FULL
MODE HATE like the Gaza Strip,as an extreme example,in cradle to
grave programming!!

So um,talk about tainted minds,after these CARING LEFTYS are done with yong American minds,they will VOTE LEFT!!
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“A group of Oconomowoc High School students wore their hearts on their sleeves Friday. With the message “We love our teachers” printed on T-shirts they made late last week, the students offered hugs and words of encouragement to 15 of their teachers who received news that they might lose their jobs.”

http://www.facebook.com/MyWEAC
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Students react to teacher layoff notices
Students form Facebook group, OHS Solidarity

Posted: April 23, 2012
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Oconomowoc Area School District – A group of Oconomowoc High School students wore their hearts on their sleeves Friday. With the message “We love our teachers” printed on T-shirts they made late last week, the students offered hugs and words of encouragement to 15 of their teachers who received news that they might lose their jobs.

Rumors began to fly Wednesday after the 15 educators received emails from district administration. While the district declined to release details until the School Board meets tonight (Tuesday) students said the teachers were notified that their jobs are in jeopardy. They said some might be reassigned elsewhere in the district, while others will simply be out of a job at the end of the school year.(More…)

http://www.livinglakecountry.com/lakecountryreporter/news/students-react-to-teacher-layoff-notices-dg53g5a-148523855.html

canopfor on April 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

A billion dollars is chump change.

they lie on April 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Not at the State level, in Wisconsin, it isn’t — which is what this entire thing is all about.

FlatFoot on April 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Don’t forget this is the state that elected Bronson Laugh-A-Lot, Patrick J. Loser, And Bronson Laugh-A-Lots grandson to the governors office. The state of Milwaukee has elected at least three socialist mayors starting in the 30′s? and ending with Mayor Mayer in the 60′s-70′s. Your confidence in the Wisconsin voter may be misplaced.

chicken thief on April 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

To those in Wisconsin…three words…Walker, Walker Walker
If you want a really stupid liberal governor, cross the state line into Minnesota, you can have stupid all you want

crosshugger on April 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I would say that Mr. Walker has to be smiling because the Governor of Illinois has said that the state of Illinois must eliminate healthcare benefits for retired state employees and wants to eliminate over 20,000 from medicaid eligibility…You know maybe the Governor of Illinois has realized that light he sees in the tunnel is not the light at the end of the tunnel.

Heck the NYTimes in negotiations with their unions has found that they can not afford the plans they have. Yes that same NYTimes which feels that Governor Walker is just wrong to cut state spending.

I would think if I am a teacher in Wisconsin and I see what is happening in Illinois, I would get in that booth and vote for Mr. Walker.

DVPTexFla on April 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Me thinks WEAC,is capitalizing on RECALL FEVER!!

UGH,the madness must stop.The WEAC opens another Front,

on THE WAR ON WOMEN,as it seems they are more interested
in Protest Activist,and so it appears the Activists,are
masquarading as Teachers,and I bet they have T-shirts being
made(which costs loot)for the STUDENTS!
_______________________________

“A new and growing movement called Unite Against The War On Women is poised to push back on the barrage of legislative measures passed since 2011, with protest marches and rallies across the country on Saturday, April 28, including on the Capitol grounds in Madison.”

Join Saturday’s rally to fight against the War on Women
Posted: 4/23/2012 4:03:54 PM
****************************

http://www.weac.org/news_and_publications/12-04-23/Join_Saturday_s_rally_to_fight_against_the_War_on_Women.aspx

canopfor on April 24, 2012 at 5:16 PM

A not so small irony.

The “teachers” that educated the WI electorate can now count on them to do the right thing and vote out the most effective governor that state has had in years.

Unfortunately, I’ve seen the “cognitive ability” of these fine government schools graduates. I’d say it’s looking grim for Walker based on that.

Count on at least 10% voter fraud also. Pretty tough assignment for Walker.

acyl72 on April 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Obama told them recovery was going to cause pain and sacrifice.

“EVERYONE has some skin in the game.”

Still the unions complain…

Roy Rogers on April 24, 2012 at 5:21 PM

if romney possessed even 1/4 of the size of Walker’s cojones, i would vote for him. sadly……

renalin on April 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Is Barrett really arguing that the party whose governance left the $3 billion hole in the first place that required the cuts was somehow more responsible than the party who whittled it down to $140 million and shrinking?

That jumped out at me too. That, and Tom Barrett must be either desperate or have a low opinion of the intelligence of Wisconsin voters.

PerceptorII on April 24, 2012 at 5:26 PM

To paraphrase Goldwater, “A billion here. A billion there. Pretty soon you’re talking big money.”

Art on April 24, 2012 at 5:36 PM

To paraphrase Goldwater, “A billion here. A billion there. Pretty soon you’re talking big money.”

Art

I believe that was said by Senator Dirksen of Illinois.

:)

honsy on April 24, 2012 at 5:49 PM

The Journal Sentinel has had occasional bouts of fairness towards Walker, but this isn’t one of them. The main source of savings didn’t come from “lowering worker compensation”, it came from eliminating the requirment that localalities buy health insurance from union-owned captive insurance brokers. The only compensation that got lowered there was corrupt to begin with.

MTF on April 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM

There seem to be more Recall Walker signs than Vote Walker signs in southern Wisconsin.

I don’t know if they still have the same voting rule, but they used to have a same day registration and voting provision. That enable a bunch of Illinois people to go north and register and vote, usually Democratic.

Special Forces Grunt on April 24, 2012 at 6:11 PM

see what happens when responsible adults take charge? Take note Republicans elsewhere!

kirkill on April 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Hope they see the light in WI. OT: What is up with all the Tester ads? He’s a dem-bulb running for his 2nd senate term and a long time R rep is running against him. He’s climbed aboard the repeal of Citizens United being pushed by a group in MT. There’s a letter of support for this in our local paper almost every day by concerned citizens who are probably still riding around town with Obama 08 bumper stickers on their hybrids. They are running a lot of these ads on a lot of con sites. Hope they blow their wad on this.

Kissmygrits on April 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Please everyone.

Do what you can to help Walker and the Republicans there.

The Republican Party has been forced to spend so much they are 110k behind on their rent. They will likely lose their office.

Go Walker you are a courageous man.

Steveangell on April 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM

#1 there is a graph in the summary to Walkers 2011 budget

http://www.doa.state.wi.us/debf/pdf_files/bib1113.pdf

that shows how the cost/k-12 student in Wis has far exceeded inflation since the mid 70′s (and there is another graph that shows the Wis test scores vs. national averages…pretty pathetic IMHO)…

#2 We do get to compare to our southern neighbor (IL)…$8.5 Billion budget deficit AFTER raising individual income taxes by 66%, increased corporate tax rate by 46%, bond rating downgraded to lowest in nation by Moody’s,$83 BILLION (read again if you want to…that’s a “B”) shortfall for Public Employee Retirement System, unemployment rate higher than the national average at 9.1%, curtailed services at state parks etc. and laid-off a bunch of people already.

teejk on April 24, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Some teachers’ insurance premiums actually went DOWN. So much for the end of the world as we know it! Dems can SUCK it! Looking forward to a Meet-and-Greet with the Gov. next week so I can look him in the eye and thank him!

Sasha List on April 24, 2012 at 7:43 PM

I must say, Ed, your faith in the competence and intelligence of the average Wisconsin voter is touching.

Lily on April 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM

The “average, Wisconsin voter” (such as myself) voted Scott Walker into his office in the first place you idiot.

JimboHoffa on April 24, 2012 at 8:21 PM

The Republican Party has been forced to spend so much they are 110k behind on their rent. They will likely lose their office.

Go Walker you are a courageous man.

Steveangell on April 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM

I believe you are talking about Minnesota.

jya lai on April 24, 2012 at 8:29 PM

The Wisconsin businesses I work with tell me that Walker is up by 5-7 pts.

This race has national implications as the democraps spent millions on this election. If Walker wins, look out unions!!!
All it takes is one and the dominoes will begin to fall.

Public sector unions and their antics are bankrupting this country.

Amjean on April 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM

…I hope you are right! I know the natives can’t be that stupid! Just 5-7 points?

KOOLAID2 on April 24, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the other leading Democratic opponent to Walker, said the governor’s policies had led to nearly 1,500 teaching jobs being lost over the past year and the state still had a more than $140 million deficit.

“This isn’t a record to brag about – it’s a record that causes failed governors to be tossed from office,” Barrett said in a statement.

Yeah and I bet a majority of those were like in MPS Barrett…..you know, the districts that hurried and re did their contracts before the law took effect…so they could rape the tax payers one more time.

You know what is even more sad…. Barrett HIMSELF used the tools walker gave him.
Milwuakee is a mini me of Detroit… a black hole. No one wants to live there…
Falk cant even get going even with massive union backing.
Yeah and one more thing, Governors get thrown out of office usually when the term is up if the public views them as not ample enough to serve office… what does NOT happen is when a certain group of liberals get all mad and throw a hissy fit and recall a Governor when there should not be one due to no gross misconduct of office.

I think people are slowly waking up outside of the cities of Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Madison… people are seeing this work.. and very happy that for once property taxes did not go up, services did not get cut….
Thats why you want to get him out of office NOW because once more and more days pass… people realize IT WORKS.

watertown on April 24, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Also, like to point out, though growth in the job market more or less has not grown leaps and bounds, I much have a slow steady rise over losing thousands of jobs….of course, like with GWB, the media points out the lack of power numbers in job growth, and fails to point out things are much better than when Doyle was in office.

watertown on April 24, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Since they supposedly have a list of enough names to recall a Republican governor, it will be easy for them to recall any Republican governor in the future, even if they ultimately fail in recalling Walker. I’d keep that in mind if you are planning on doing business there in the future.

If Republicans were into survival, they’d make sure to keep that list of names handy and do their best to ruin everyone on it. Enemies lists like this one are very valuable.

Buddahpundit on April 24, 2012 at 8:36 PM

if romney possessed even 1/4 of the size of Walker’s cojones, i would vote for him. sadly……

renalin on April 24, 2012 at 5:22 PM

So you will do what? Vote for Obama? No? Sit out the election (hint: that counts as 1/2 vote for Obama)?

stvnscott on April 24, 2012 at 10:16 PM

A Democrat politician not impressed by saving a billion dollars, that’s a shock, it’s not something he would seek to do himself. It’s a billion dollars wasted, keeping it in the pockets of taxpayers.

Scott Walker is the anti-Barney Frank, whose job performance ‘overseeing’ Freddy and Fannie cost the country a trillion dollars. Not that he’ll lose any sleep over it.

waelse1 on April 25, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Wisconsin is the only state in the nation that had “statistically significant” job losses over the past 12 months, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state lost 23,900 jobs from March 2011 to March 2012.

http://www.jsonline.com/business/state-posts-largest-percentage-job-loss-in-us-over-past-year-report-shows-ib54utt-148694855.html

plewis on April 25, 2012 at 7:46 AM

the governor’s policies had led to nearly 1,500 teaching jobs being lost over the past year

Is that really true? Or are they using the usual gimmick?

The “gimmick” is that school systems “fire” a lot of teachers who are then rehired in different positions. They do that because they often don’t know early on (when contracts are signed) whether they’ll need 2 Algebra II and 3 Algebra I teachers, or the other way around. So one algebra teacher will be “fired” (won’t get a contract) until they find out exactly what position to put on the contract.

That’s why every year you hear the horror stories of so many teachers being “fired”. What you never read is that they all get rehired, its just that some of them are teaching different classes as enrollment shifts.

taznar on April 25, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Wisconsin is the only state in the nation that had “statistically significant” job losses over the past 12 months, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state lost 23,900 jobs from March 2011 to March 2012.

plewis on April 25, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Consider that the March 2011 start date was a mere 2 months into Walker’s term. So while some job losses where under his watch, many were likely in the works prior to his arrival. And since then, our political climate has not helped in attracting new jobs. On the latter point, I find it funny that the left is quick to point that out even though they are the cause.

teejk on April 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Buddahpundit on April 24, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Well if the GAB would actually do its job, I doubt that the recall would take place… maybe. I think there was a ton of people “forced” to sign… just to get these fools out of their faces.

taznar on April 25, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Many of those so called jobs lost for teachers were due to the teachers unions quickly re doing the contracts BEFORE the the law became the law. This was due to most of the school boards siding and bending to the unions will and granting new contracts. Thats where the black holes are.

I am not saying that there might not have been cuts here and there…but those are by far few and far in between.

watertown on April 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

plewis on April 25, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Why not give walker 3 years to do his thing like all the liberals are saying about the job Obama has done? Is that not the line “cant fix it overnight”?

watertown on April 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM