WI: Teachers’ benefits cuts offset much of school-aid losses (Journal Sentinel)

November 11, 2012 – Cuts to teachers’ benefits championed by Gov. Scott Walker offset about two-thirds of the reductions to school revenue resulting from his budget last year, limiting but not eliminating job losses in districts able to make the best use of these savings, according to a study being released Monday. The report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance found that, following Walker’s cuts to public workers’ benefits and limits to collective bargaining last year, school districts across Wisconsin cut their spending on health and pension benefits by $287.1 million in the 2011-’12 academic year, after accounting for added benefit cuts because of higher-than-usual layoffs and retirements. These offsets covered about 64% of the total decrease of $451 million in revenue for school districts that was imposed to help balance the budget passed by Walker and GOP lawmakers last year. That followed smaller cuts to schools passed as part of the 2009-’11 budget passed by then Gov. Jim Doyle and Democrats in the Legislature.

Link to Full Article: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/teachers-benefits-cuts-offset-much-of-schoolaid-losses-kh7j46g-178711971.html

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