Walker's bill in Wisconsin already paying dividends 

Our own Byron York has an excellent piece today on how Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill is already helping one school district pay its bills, hire more teachers, and shrink class sizes. Here's another success story from Racine County:

Last June, the county took Racine inmates out of their jail cells and put them behind lawn movers. They were cutting the grass in areas that the county executive says were neglected, due to budget cuts. Local unions filed a grievance saying work like that should be done by union members.

A judge agreed, but now with the new collective bargaining rules in effect, that's the kind of thing the unions can no longer negotiate. That means the county is putting the inmates back to work and adding to their to-do list.

Racine County Executive James Ladwig said,"We're gonna have them do landscaping at county buildings, have them pick up trash on the roads.  So we can use some of the county personnel to do difficult tasks, such as putting in a parking lot at the park."

This is all great news for Wisconsin taxpayers. Hopefully, we'll see more of it.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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