There’s a whole lotta misinformation about a hole
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s budget is getting attacked for having a “hole,” especially the requirement in the budget for wage and benefit concessions by Milwaukee County workers. This week at the MacIver Institute, I looked into the hole and found that it was already filled.
The report indicates over $7.5 million of the proposed county employee wage and benefit concessions have either been agreed to by some represented employees or can be imposed on non-represented employees. That leaves nearly $17 million yet to be negotiated.
Far from putting off decisions until next year as the report indicates, the budget has real contingency plans if these employee concessions are not agreed to by the county employee unions. The proposed county budget authorizes up to 26 furlough days next year for represented employees if they do not agree to the changes by December 31, 2010. If the pension changes are not made, up to 165 employees in all departments may be layed off.
County Board members and liberal bloggers may not like the solutions, but it’s silly to pretend there’s a hole where none exists.