Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle is likely to talk about tax hikes, tomorrow

February 16th, 2009

But you know what I bet you won’t hear about in Doyle’s budget proposal?

Pay cuts for government employees.

Plenty of private businesses are laying off people and cutting salaries, cialis buy case but the unholy coalition of Democratic politicians and the public unions that support them will do everything they can to make sure government is the one sector of the economy that suffers least.

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  • 1. Zach W.  |  February 16th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    What, a pay freeze isn’t good enough for you?

    Let me ask another question….how much of a pay cut should state employees take? What’s appropriate, in your opinion?

  • 2. Elliot  |  February 16th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I would think pay cuts should be determined by the decrease in revenue. If there’s a 4% reduction in revenue, there could be a 4% cut in payrolls (instead of the much more likely 4% increase in taxes).

    The people who work with me are taking a 5% to 10% pay cut (including myself). That may not prove to be enough. I know many other companies that are doing the same. I know zero government agencies who would even consider doing such a thing. (And even if they would consider it, they probably couldn’t because of union contracts.)

    In government parlance not increasing budgets or salaries is considered “cutting”.

    In my world, “cutting” means exactly that.

  • 3. Zach W.  |  February 16th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    So in your opinion it’s not enough that state agencies have been mandated to make cuts of 10% to their budgets?

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