Wisconsin Loses $814 Million of Tax Revenue

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO  (MILWAUKEE, WI)

"As Wisconsin working families call on Wall Street and the

wealthiest 2% to pay their fair share in taxes, a new report by U.S. PIRG, shows

that Wisconsin loses $814 million in individual and corporate income tax every

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Email in the News

Senator Jon Erpenbach has been directed by a Grant County Judge to turn over to the court non-redacted copies of emails he received regarding Act 10. 

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article.

The legal decision.    

On a different note, Department of Corrections Secretary Ed Wall sent employees an email warning about "spreading rumors".    He also told them not to expect that their blind copies on emails would be private -- central office sees all. 

AP article about Wall's message.

Wall's message.

Update on the Act 10 Appeals

You were notified recently by AFT-W that the 7th Circuit Court ruled against us in the Judge Conley appeal.  The two remaining alternatives to appeal that decision are: 

  1. "en banc review" which means we ask for all 10 judges from the 7th Circuit to review and rule. Note:  Seven of the ten judges were appointed by Republicans. The two judges who made the majority decision in this case are considered moderate Republican appointees.

 

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Town Hall Meetings

Each year, AFT-Wisconsin holds a series of Town Hall meetings around the state to connect union leaders and members from various locals in a discussion about major issues. This year, we are scheduling these meetings in late January and early February in order to discuss the spring elections and the current legislative session, as well as updates on merger talks with WEAC. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the Town Hall meeting closest to you.

You will also receive a recorded phone call from AFT-W  with details and a reminder about a week before your local Town Hall meeting.

Sunday, January 27: Superior Town Hall, 5-7pm at VIP Pizza

Monday, January 28: Eau Claire Town Hall, 6-8pm, Location TBA

Wednesday, January 30: Fox Valley/Green Bay Town Hall, 6-8pm, Location TBA

Tuesday, February 5: Madison Town Hall, 6-8pm, Avenue Bar, 1128 E. Wash.

Thursday, February 7: Milwaukee Town Hall, 6-8pm, Location TBA.  Rescheduled for Sunday, February 10 at Solo Pizza, 2856 N. Oakland Ave., 5-7pm.

2012 Annual Report on Contracting Out Released

The 2012 annual report to the Legislature was submitted by DOA last month. 

The report stated that the total use of contractors by state agencies and the UW increased by 5% this year (from $488,900,000 to $515,818,979).  The report for 2011 indicated that the total use of contractors increased by 17% for that year (from $417,200,000 to $488,900,000). 

The agency doing the most contracting out, hands down, was the Department of Health Services with a reported $182,417,260 in personal services contracts. 

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