Wisconsin voters are being asked to vote against Governor Scott Walker in an upcoming June recall election. But if they are voting against Walker, what are they voting for? The answer is higher government costs. The unions are trying to oust Governor Walker because of the tough collective bargaining reforms he implemented after his election in 2010. The law said that unions had to collect their members’ dues, rather than having the government do it for them. Predictably, dues collection has cratered. It turns out even union members don’t want to pay for collective bargaining, or all the political campaigning that comes with it.
The lack of dues has had an effect already. The Wisconsin Education Association Council (the local union affiliate of the NEA) has been forced to fire 40% of its staff. The WEAC was recently found to be falsely accusing the Governor’s budget of forcing 4,000 teachers out of a job.
Wisconsin voters have an easy choice in the June special election. They can reelect Scott Walker, or they can vote for the future tax increases needed to pay for ever-sweeter union pay packages for the state’s public employee unions. Reelect Scott Walker as governor of Wisconsin.