Thursday, November 19, 2009

Want to Reduce Your Muni Budget? Fuggedaboutit

The Unions absolutely, positively, OWN Jim Doyle and the Leggie-slime majority.

Starting in 2010, a city or village that wants to operate its police or fire departments more efficiently and save tax dollars will first need permission from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

I know it sounds crazy, but I am not making this up. The new requirement is called “maintenance of effort for emergency services.” It appears in Section 79.07 (3) of the Wisconsin statutes

...The politics of the new law, however, are perfectly clear. The police officers union and the firefighters union lobbied hard to persuade Gov. Jim Doyle and legislative leaders to include “maintenance of effort for emergency services” in the 2009-11 state budget, signed into law on June 29 as Act 28. The union goal is to prevent city councils and village boards from reducing the number of police officers and firefighters on the municipal payroll

The most-featherbedded jobs in the country: union-represented municipal jobs.

HT: FoxPolitics

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