Saturday, September 24, 2011

Lower Paid State Workers Sacrifice More

In keeping with the Tea Party GOP's mantra of "fuck the poor," the changes in contributions towards healthcare and pensions for Wisconsin state workers are, as usual, skewed to ensure the poor pay a higher percentage that the wealthier employees (nobody gets rich working for state government, but some are more comfortable than others).

In a report to Democratic lawmakers, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau finds that
a state worker earning $25,000 a year will see their total pension and health care costs increase from 4.5 percent of their salary to 11.3 percent. A worker earning $50,000 a year will see their share increase from 2.3 percent to 8.5 percent.

And workers earning $100,000 will see their cost increase from 1.1 percent to 6.7 percent.

A link to the report can be found here.  So the people who can least afford it, get hit the hardest.  Well done, GOP, well done! Once again, elections have consequences.

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