Suffolk University study to show Walker reforms saved Wisconsin $1 billion

posted at 3:21 pm on May 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Will Wisconsin voters make their decision in the June 5 recall election based on their pocketbooks or their principles?  For everyone except union organizers, that choice won’t be necessary.  Wisconsin voters can cast their ballots to rebuke Democrats for an unnecessary recall as well as reward Walker for saving them a lot of money — according to a study coming out this week, as much as a billion dollars:

While a lightning rod for controversy and recall, Wisconsin’s Act 10 has paid significant dividends to taxpayers, according to a new analysis by the Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research, at Suffolk University in Boston.

Act 10, which curbed collective bargaining for most unionized public employees, in the whole has saved taxpayers more than $1 billion, according to The Economic Impacts of the Wisconsin Budget Repair Act. The study is slated for release this week by Beacon Hill Institute, a prominent free market think tank.

What the analysis found is that without the law, which in part requires covered public employees to contribute more to their benefits and holds wage increases to the rate of inflation, Badger State governments would have been forced to raise taxes or make deep job cuts to meet budget expenses.

In the end, the PEU reform saved jobs in the public sector that otherwise would have been lost, the study will show:

“The cost-saving measures prevented painful tax increases that would have damaged the state’s private economy resulting in slower job and income growth,” said Paul Bachman, BHI director of research. “Moreover, the provisions avoided further painful layoffs of school teachers and other public employees.”

Scott Walker makes that case explicitly today in a column for the Capital Times, while giving more of a 30,000-foot summary of his fiscal record:

We could not wait to make the necessary changes to the way government was run in order to bring us back from the brink of insolvency.

When I ran for governor in 2010 I made a series of bold promises to the people of Wisconsin. I told them that I would help businesses create 250,000 jobs before the end of my first term. I pledged to rein in out-of-control spending and I gave my word that I would treat the taxpayer’s money as my own.

Since I took my oath of office, I have stood by my word and made good on these promises. We have helped businesses grow and in the process created more than 33,000 new jobs in Wisconsin. We are moving in the right direction and still have work to do, but we are well on our way to meet and surpass that goal. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate, at 6.7 percent, is the lowest it has been since 2008, and people are getting back to work.

Spending has been curtailed and at the same time, without raising taxes, we have invested the largest influx of money into Medicaid in state history. We have balanced our budget and still make protecting Wisconsin’s most vulnerable a priority.

We have laid the foundation for a strong fiscal future, saving more than a billion dollars thanks to our reforms. In order to maintain the consistent growth we have seen since I have taken office, we must continue to move forward toward prosperity.

At the same time, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel makes another case altogether about Walker’s recall opponent Tom Barrett.  Barrett has been bragging about lowering the rate of violent crime in Milwaukee during his tenure as mayor.  However, an MJS investigative report shows that the city underreported violent crime for years — and that the rate has actually increased under Barrett:

When Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn touted the city’s fourth-straight year of falling crime in February, hundreds of beatings, stabbings and child abuse cases were missing from the count, a Journal Sentinel investigation has found.

More than 500 incidents since 2009 were misreported to the FBI as minor assaults and not included in the city’s violent crime rate, the investigation found. That tally is based on a review of cases that resulted in charges – only about one-fifth of all reported crimes.

Yet the misreported cases found in 2011 alone are enough that Flynn would have been announcing a 1.1% increase in violent crime in February, instead of a 2.3% decline from the reported 2010 numbers, which also include errors. …

At the request of the Journal Sentinel, FBI crime experts reviewed these and dozens of other incidents and confirmed that they should have been labeled as aggravated assaults. In addition to the more than 500 misreported incidents, the investigation found at least 800 more that fit the same pattern but could not be confirmed through available public records. The Journal Sentinel has submitted an open records request for those cases.

The misclassified crimes included cases where perpetrators threatened to kill victims; stabbed or cut them with knives; and beat them with canes, crowbars and hammers.

Be sure to watch the video at the link, which explains how crime should be reported to the FBI.  It’s not the kind of question that Barrett wants to be answering two weeks before he makes a pitch to take over the state’s finances, especially after outside researchers verify Walker’s figures on cost savings through the PEU reforms.


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Not The 0 Economy™.

Bmore on May 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

…but…but he’s a Nazi!

KOOLAID2 on May 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Walker’s opponent then lied through his teeth on Greta last night.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

…it’s the ECONOMY stupid…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 23, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Wisconsin voters can cast their ballots to rebuke Democrats for an unnecessary recall as well as reward Walker for saving them a lot of money — according to a study coming out this week, as much as a billion dollars:

Time for the fleebaggers to pay up.

Popcorn salted with tears of the enemy, anyone?/??

ted c on May 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

The misclassified crimes included cases where perpetrators threatened to kill victims; stabbed or cut them with knives; and beat them with canes, crowbars and hammers.

Sounds like the regular scene at closing time of the state fair last summer from what I recall.

DanMan on May 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Suffolk University study to show Walker reforms saved Wisconsin $1 billion

Money that could have went to Julia….

Walker is a Julia hater…

Electrongod on May 23, 2012 at 3:28 PM

*Hat tip to Mr. Walker* Well done, Sir!

Turtle317 on May 23, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Walker’s opponent then lied through his teeth on Greta last night.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

And this surprises you? Last time I looked. Governor Walker’s opponent had a (D) after his name.

There are two types of people Democrats lie to, themselves and everbody else.

MessesWithTexas on May 23, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Walker’s opponent then lied through his teeth on Greta last night.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Barrett has to lie. With a record like his, if he told the truth, nobody (not even a Dim) would vote for him.

Barrett has been bragging about lowering the rate of violent crime in Milwaukee during his tenure as mayor. However, an MJS investigative report shows that the city underreported violent crime for years — and that the rate has actually increased under Barrett.

AZCoyote on May 23, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Will Wisconsin voters make their decision in the June 5 recall election based on their pocketbooks or their principles? For everyone except union organizers, that choice won’t be necessary.

Union organizers don’t have to make that choice either. Their pocketbooks stand to gain mightily from a repeal of Gov. Walker’s reforms.

sadarj on May 23, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Moreover, the provisions avoided further painful layoffs of school teachers and other public employees.

this is probably the ONLY evidence of jobs that were actually saved as a result of an executive policy over the last few years. Am I wrong?

ted c on May 23, 2012 at 3:31 PM

mmm mmm mmm oops

derecho on May 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM

After june 5, Walker ought to bill those unions for the cleanup of public property after those dirtbags trashed the Capitol bldg.

ted c on May 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM

What a billion here or there compared to padding the salaries of goldbricking state employees?

Especially when you consider a portion of this billion could have been used by the Democrat Party to promote the election of their crappy candidates.

Taxpayers just would have frittered it away on frivolities like mortgage payments and groceries anyway.

NoDonkey on May 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM

In order to maintain the consistent growth we have seen since I have taken office, we must continue to move forward toward prosperity.

I wonder if he purposefully used that term to p/o the reelection campaign folks…../?

ted c on May 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

1 billion? That’s a lot of cheese.

;)

mankai on May 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Barrett has been bragging about lowering the rate of violent crime in Milwaukee during his tenure as mayor. However, an MJS investigative report shows that the city underreported violent crime for years — and that the rate has actually increased under Barrett.

reference to my previous post, note Barrett is mentioned.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/126828998.html

DanMan on May 23, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Don’t celebrate until the night after Walker wins. Don’t take anything for granted.

Treat Wisconsin like the barricade is is in 2012.

As goes Wisconsin so goes the nation on Nov. 6, 2012.

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

The misclassified crimes included cases where perpetrators threatened to kill victims; stabbed or cut them with knives; and beat them with canes, crowbars and hammers.

IOW carefully under-reported Union Style / Mafia violence. How about cement shoes and being thrown out of windows?

viking01 on May 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

1 billion? That’s a lot of cheese.

;)

mankai on May 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

and beer too!

ted c on May 23, 2012 at 3:47 PM

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/23/romney-backs-vouchers-expanded-school-choice/

drudge has this as “Romney declares war on unions”

I think he is sensing the way the wind is blowing in WI and following GOV Walker’s lead.

ted c on May 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

1 billion? That’s a lot of cheese.

;)

mankai on May 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

And that’s not guvmint cheese G.

NoDonkey on May 23, 2012 at 3:50 PM

ted c on May 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

That’s excellent news, school choice is an issue that I intensely care about.

I am getting more and more enthusiastic about Romney.

NoDonkey on May 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM

In order to maintain the consistent growth we have seen since I have taken office, we must continue to move forward toward prosperity.

I wonder if he purposefully used that term to p/o the reelection campaign folks…../?

“Forward” is the Wisconsin state motto, and has been for more than 100 years.

Daisy_WI on May 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Daisy_WI on May 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM

got it. Now it makes more sense. thx

ted c on May 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM

1 billion? That’s a lot of cheese.

;)

mankai on May 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

and beer too!

ted c on May 23, 2012 at 3:47 PM

… and Bratwurst too. I’ll get the grill started.

viking01 on May 23, 2012 at 4:01 PM

“Forward” is the Wisconsin state motto, and has been for more than 100 years.

Daisy_WI on May 23, 2012 at 3:55 PM

State Motto: “Forward” Reflecting Wisconsin’s continuous drive to be a national leader, the state adopted “Forward” as the official state motto in 1851.

Fallon on May 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

The people of Wis.have 2 choices,Forward or Backward. Is everyone in the state a union member?

docflash on May 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

I’ll bet $10,000 (of Mitt’s money//) that as soon as the WI election is done, Obummer tries to take credit for the jobs saved in that state.

dentarthurdent on May 23, 2012 at 4:05 PM

we have invested the largest influx of money into Medicaid in state history.

Heartache

Medicaid is no more an “investment” than are food stamps or school lunches. It is consumption, NOT investment. Words matter (or did, before the cretinization of America and public discourse). It may be worthy consumption, proper, noble, and widely supported – but it is consumption, not investment.

Many will think it pedantic and a small matter – but the distortion of language and its hijacking by the dumbest, greediest, most pernicious members of our society (i.e. “educated” so-called liberals) are key factors in making the US the nearly insolvent, frequently lawless, race-obsessed insolvent mess that it is.

IceCold on May 23, 2012 at 4:08 PM

State Motto: “Forward” Reflecting Wisconsin’s continuous drive to be a national leader, the state adopted “Forward” as the official state motto in 1851.

Fallon on May 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

WI has been run by commies since 1851? /////

For another slant – Obummer is apparently using the Fauxcahontas Warren plagiarism model for the campaign…..

dentarthurdent on May 23, 2012 at 4:08 PM

IOW carefully under-reported Union Style / Mafia violence. How about cement shoes and being thrown out of windows?

viking01 on May 23, 2012 at 3:44 PM

We call it “cement shoes
Dims call it “Durable footwear created with shovel-ready materials!

We call it “being thrown out of windows
Dims call it “Interactive Education focusing on Natural Sciences such as Physics, Gravity, and Momentum!

SnarkySam on May 23, 2012 at 4:08 PM

At the request of the Journal Sentinel, FBI crime experts reviewed these and dozens of other incidents and confirmed that they should have been labeled as aggravated assaults. In addition to the more than 500 misreported incidents, the investigation found at least 800 more that fit the same pattern but could not be confirmed through available public records. The Journal Sentinel has submitted an open records request for those cases.

WOW This and the ACT 10 news will make for a very unhappy Barret camp.

Good.

dogsoldier on May 23, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I guess if Wisconsin saved $1 billion, the unions lost $1 billion. Sucks to be them.

Connecticut on May 23, 2012 at 4:15 PM

It continues to amaze me that Barrett & Walker are still polling so close, despite the very obvious evidence of WI’s improved picture due to Walker’s initiatives.

KS Rex on May 23, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Wisconsin has strong socialist roots with the Socialist party having control of Milwaukee in the early 1900′s. The Communist party was also strong here, as well as the LaFollette Progressives (the current SOS is Doug LaFollette… the great grandson of “Fighting Bob” LaFollette).

This is also the reported birth place of the labor union.

Daisy_WI on May 23, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Fun Fact – average income in Wisconsin has gone UP over Walker’s term. If Wisconsin had lost as many jobs as the BLS had reported, the increase in income would have meant for 12% raises for all.

(I’m more inclined to believe that 56,000 more people have jobs than the BLS reported).

Daisy_WI on May 23, 2012 at 4:44 PM

KS Rex on May 23, 2012 at 4:32 PM

they have more busses than we do…somebody is fronting the bus cost…at $4/gal for diesel plus tolls on the Ill side plus free lunch plus free Marlboros, it has to be expensive. Good thing voter ID is on hold otherwise the cost of the photo booths would make it more costly yet.

teejk on May 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

“They weren’t assault assaults” – Barrett

nextgen_repub on May 23, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Schadenfreude on May 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

forgot to mention that you have it absolutely correct…don’t believe the polls and go vote (if you support Walker, vote June 5, if not you get to vote June 6).

I suspect the Dems held back on the primary so as to give Walker supporters the sense that this is a done deal and they’ll stay home…

teejk on May 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

they have more busses than we do…somebody is fronting the bus cost…at $4/gal for diesel plus tolls on the Ill side plus free lunch plus free Marlboros, it has to be expensive. Good thing voter ID is on hold otherwise the cost of the photo booths would make it more costly yet.

teejk on May 23, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Someone needs to follow those buses on the return trip to see if they go to a neighboring state.

slickwillie2001 on May 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Barrett’s facilitation of criminal activity in Milwaukee explains why so many criminals helped him out on the recall petitions:

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/05/figures-20000-felons-including-killers-arsonists-and-stalkers-signed-wiscsonsin-recall-petitions/

jjrakman on May 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

So whatever happens with the recall, has Walker been identified yet as a VP candidate?
I’d like to see him eventually get in the WH and solve the whole country’s problems the way he has for Wisconsin.

dentarthurdent on May 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM

So whatever happens with the recall, has Walker been identified yet as a VP candidate?
I’d like to see him eventually get in the WH and solve the whole country’s problems the way he has for Wisconsin.

dentarthurdent on May 23, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Walker would DIE in DC…neither he nor his wife would make for Time mag covers…they are both pretty much “simple people”.

teejk on May 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Tom Barrett was going to bring Julia out on stage to plead for his election, but she got stabbed and robbed on the way over to the meeting.

GarandFan on May 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

What they didn’t know is that the union had secret plans to save $2 billion and hire more workers and get better benefits and, and, and, lots more forever and ever…

right2bright on May 23, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Walker would DIE in DC…neither he nor his wife would make for Time mag covers…they are both pretty much “simple people”.

teejk on May 23, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Ya – same reason so many others who could actually do a good job won’t go for it. Which are exactly the kind of people we need – instead of people who “fit the image” regardless of actual qualifications.

dentarthurdent on May 23, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Tom Barrett was going to bring Julia out on stage to plead for his election, but she got stabbed and robbed on the way over to the meeting.

GarandFan on May 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

You mean raped by a vampire capitalist…?/

dentarthurdent on May 23, 2012 at 5:58 PM

California needs a Scott Walker [sigh]

Alibali on May 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM

… and Bratwurst too. I’ll get the grill started.

viking01 on May 23, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I’ll bring the Liene’s, Point and Spotted Cow.

wi farmgirl on May 23, 2012 at 8:21 PM

California needs a Scott Walker [sigh]

Alibali on May 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM

California needs an enema.

swinia sutki on May 24, 2012 at 7:33 AM