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Governor Walker’s Reforms Portend Earlier COGDs in Wisconsin
Happy Cost of Government Day Wisconsinites! The Cost of Government Day Report measures the calendar date by which the average American must work to pay for their share of federal, state and local spending and regulatory burdens. This year, Wisconsin falls eight days after the national average on July 15. Residents of the state must work 205 days out of the year to pay for the cost of government, working longer than 40 other states.
For most of the past decades, Wisconsinites have been laboring under a tax-and-spend government, resulting in a cumulative tax increase of $3.20 billion; $565.21 for every man, woman and child living in the Badger State. Despite tax cuts signed into law last year by Governor Walker, the state and local tax burden still ranks the fourth highest in the nation at a rate of 11.0 percent, well above the national average.
However, since taking control of the legislature and Governor’s mansion in 2010, lawmakers have been working to reverse cheeseheads’ trend towards bigger government. Governor Walker closed a $3.6 billion budget deficit by confronting unsustainable liabilities in Wisconsin’s pension and benefits system.
His proposal to require modest retirement and health care contributions from state workers drew national attention, despite the fact that the plan would still allow public employees to maintain overly generous benefits. The budget required workers to contribute 5.8 percent of their salaries to their pensions and 12.6 percent to their health insurance premiums, far below the national average required from non-union employees. Moreover, by ending unions’ stronghold on public employees’ paychecks, workers will save anywhere from $800 to $1400 each year – more than enough to cover their required contributions.
These reforms, which have saved the state over $1 billion, resulted in massive protests and the third gubernatorial recall in U.S. history. After the recall effort was overwhelmingly defeated, governors everywhere were sent a strong message – taxpayers want leaders who make the hard decisions to save their states. Here’s to Governor Walker’s success and to hoping for earlier Cost of Government Days in the future. Congratulations, Wisconsin!