Some new governors, most notably Scott Walker of Wisconsin, are even threatening to take away government workers’ right to form unions and bargain contracts.
“We can no longer live in a society where the public employees are the haves and taxpayers who foot the bills are the have-nots,” Mr. Walker, a Republican, said in a speech. “The bottom line is that we are going to look at every legal means we have to try to put that balance more on the side of taxpayers.”
The natural follow-up question for every reporter who now covers him, ever, is “did you mean to imply that union members aren’t taxpayers, or that taxpayers don’t belong to unions?”
I can’t believe my home state elected this teawad excuse for a human being.He’s already managed to upfuck everything he’s touched:
At its peak in 2012, the rail project was expected to create 4,732 direct jobs in construction, at supply companies and in government, with 55 permanent jobs after service started in 2013.
Among the potential suppliers was Talgo Inc., the Spanish train manufacturer with a new plant on Milwaukee’s north side.
The company is producing two trains for the Hiawatha and two trains for Oregon. It had hoped to hire 125 people if the state exercised an option for two more trains to extend service to Madison.
But after the project was canceled, Talgo said it would end production after finishing its existing work in early 2012, then convert its factory into a maintenance base for the Hiawatha trains. Talgo plans tocap hiring at 65 to avoid laying anyone off in the transition from manufacturing to maintenance.