Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Keeping the cubes empty

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This week at the MacIver Institute, I defend Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s proposal to permanently eliminate 4,000 positions in state government.

Of course, it isn’t hard to imagine the state employees’ unions are unhappy with Walker’s proposal. Marty Beil, Executive Director of AFSCME, also criticized Walker’s plan as a gimmick. Then he criticized Walker’s proposal for putting people out of work. Beil should talk to Barrett who would remind them that, since the positions were never filled, nobody is being put out of work. Perhaps Beil didn’t understand why Barrett was calling Walker’s plan a “gimmick” when Beil decided to echo Barrett.

Beil also criticized the Walker plan for placing the usual victims in danger. “Since he plans to exempt certain classes of employees from his axe, doesn’t this mean everybody else is going to be hit all the harder? Does this mean there will be fewer people to care for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled?”

Again, this misses the point. The positions considered by Walker for elimination are already vacant. None of these open positions are doing anything to care for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled because there is nobody currently filling them.

So for all of the double talk about how it’s a gimmick that will somehow cause the sky to fall, nobody has given a sound reason why these positions could not be eliminated.

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