- The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation - http://blog.heritage.org -
VIDEO: State Budget Battle Showdowns
Posted By Rob Bluey On February 25, 2011 @ 5:33 pm In Scribe | Comments Disabled
Wisconsin. Ohio. Michigan. New Jersey. New York. Budget-battle showdowns  are coming soon to a statehouse near you.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) has provoked the ire of labor union leaders in Wisconsin, but he’s not alone. Governors across America are confronting budget shortfalls — and looking to public employees to help make up the difference.
Walker’s budget repair bill  asks government workers to make a 5.8% pension contribution (about the national average) and 12.6% health insurance contribution (about half the national average). In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie proposed that public employees pick up 30 percent of their health care premiums . And in neighboring New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, asked public employees to pay $500 million toward benefits  they’re currently receiving for free.
It’s a scenario all too common after years of out-of-control government spending. To tell the story, Heritage partnered with Reason.tv  to showcase how states were grappling with the problem  and what the consequences would be for public employees.
Article printed from The Foundry: Conservative Policy News Blog from The Heritage Foundation: http://blog.heritage.org
URL to article: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/02/25/video-state-budget-battle-showdowns/
URLs in this post:
 Budget-battle showdowns: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je3UT7ol1JY
 budget repair bill: http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/journal_media_detail.asp?locid=177&prid=5625
 pick up 30 percent of their health care premiums: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-25/christie-plan-for-workers-to-pay-30-care-premium-may-spread.html
 pay $500 million toward benefits: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2011/02/22/2011-02-22_what_wisconsin_can_teach_ny_compared_to_scott_walker_andrew_cuomo_almost_looks_t.html
 Reason.tv: http://reason.com/blog/2011/02/25/budget-battle-showdowns-coming
Copyright © 2011 The Heritage Foundation. All rights reserved.