Kerry Tobin wrote:Neup99, just a couple of comments...
First, anyone that thinks the schools are actually going to be funded is going to be in for a big surprise over the next couple of weeks. The current proposal is simply a stop-gap measure to fix a few months. The actual two year budget is coming in the next week or two and odds are, it's simply going to massively cut funding to schools and local communities. The primary reason? Walker said HE wouldn't raise taxes. However, all he has to do is cut all the funding to those two groups, now THEY have to raise taxes.
Kerry Tobin wrote:Second, I'm not a teacher, but if the people with the most talent, skills and experience decide to leave because they can make more money elsewhere that leaves only the lesser qualified people. If I choose to leave my job at the UW because I can make considerably more money working for a private company that potentially hurts my entire department. They'll now have to spend time and money recruiting someone new, training them, etc. And odds are, the new person isn't going to be willing to spend their entire weekend working on something just because that's what they "should" do with no reward, and quite possibly not even a thank you.
Kerry Tobin wrote:I truly believe the biggest problem with the entire structure we have now is that nothing is merit based. If I'm doing a good job I should get more. If I'm not, I should get less, get fired or not get anything new. Unfortunately, that's not the current structure. If anyone gets a raise, we all get one. If anyone gets a cut, we all get one. Based on that, why should I put in any more effort than the worst person we have? I'm not going to get anything more for it.
I believe that what the school has done with letting the kids protest is a good thing, honestly. The teachers obviously have talked with their students about the issue regarding Gov. Walker.
if part of teachers benefits are taken away it will effect the income for the familys of the teachers as well. With less money these familys will not be shopping at local small businesses or shopping at Nelson's.
Kerry Tobin wrote:Neup99,
Not sure where you've been, but I have taken cuts as a state employee. And that's on a job that I took for less money than I was making at my job in the private sector.
Kerry Tobin wrote:It's not the cuts I'm arguing against. As much as it hurts me, and may lead me to leave my job and possibly even the state, I accept that they need to be done. The protesters are there because of the major changes to the unions. The same unions that had already discussed significant cuts with Doyle but Walker wasn't willing to even meet with.
I'm definitely not a pro union person. But talking with the unions would have been an appropriate first step. Rather than talk with the unions to see what they could come up with, Walker simply went nuclear. It's because of the complete 180 on 50 years of history that there is so much trouble right now.
Kerry Tobin wrote:"Everyone's voices should be heard" - Scott Walker. Funny, that usually means there should be time to talk about a major change. They simply cut off public discussion on the first day. Heck, someone made an excellent point on the Madison website. They left for a vacation to Mexico on Thursday. In the time of a vacation slightly longer than a week, all of their employee rights will have been stripped and they will have been handed an 8-12% pay cut, all before they even get back into the country.
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