Friday, May 22, 2009

A Billion ++ In New Taxes for Gay "Benefits"

Sure makes sense to me!

The JFC voted to extend domestic partner retirement and group insurance benefits to state employees despite the objections of Republican members.

Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, moved to eliminate the provision, saying that while it "may be a good idea" this is the wrong time to expand state benefits to a new group.

But Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, said the provision merely allows the state to catch up with other neighboring states who already offer the benefits, and that it gives "fairness to all state employees."

Rep. Robin Vos, R-Caledonia, said the extension of the benefits to same-sex couples flies in the face of residents who "voted overwhelmingly" against gay marriage

First off, Darling is wrong. It is NOT "a good idea," no matter when. And if Mark Pocan likes the neighboring States' bennie schedule, he could do us all a big favor and get the Hell OUTTAHERE!

RELATED: Last month, Wisconsin was one of 25 states with record initial claims for unemployment insurance resulting from mass layoffs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

Wisconsin had 108 incidents of layoffs involving 50 or more workers at a single work place last month, according to the report. That's more than double the number in April 2008. Those actions resulted in more than 11,000 workers filing new applications for unemployment insurance benefits, up from fewer than 4,400 in April 2008

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is great news for recruiting and retaining top-quality faculty and academic staff for UW-Madison. It's about time. Good move by Joint Finance.

John Foust said...

I guess we should also discourage people from having more kids, as that would increase the cost of government bennies, too.