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For the Week of May 16, 2011
Brown’s plan is at odds with that of state Republicans released last week that would not raise taxes and avoid further cuts to higher education, but at the cost of “deeper cuts to services ... and a 10 percent cut in state employee compensation.”
In the meanwhile, 12 business groups presented a compromise, urging the governor and legislature to agree to “an honest budget plan by June 15th, along with a structural reform plan that puts California back on the right track.” Their “workout plan” would require Republicans to accept tax extensions and Democrats to reform pensions and control spending.
Unions representing 45,000 Connecticut state workers have reached a tentative four-year deal that guarantees no layoffs – and reverses ones already made -- while saving the state $1.6 billion.
And in spite of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s attacks on public-sector workers, faculty members at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Green Bay is the seventh University of Wisconsin campus at which faculty has chosen union representation since academic staff won collective bargaining rights in 2009. ____________________________________________________________________________________