As I'm sure you know by now, Gov. Scott Walker's rationale for stripping collective-bargaining rights from public employees is Wisconsin's budget deficit. With a $137 million shortfall, Walker wants to end collective bargaining as a means to cutting other benefits and reducing the shortfall. If the goal is a balanced budget, then Walker should be willing to take this offer:
The head of the largest state workers union said Friday that his group is willing to give in to Gov. Scott Walker's demand for concessions on their benefits if the governor gives up his bid to repeal nearly all bargaining rights for public worker unions.
Unshackled by the need to get reelected, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) suggested Thursday that Democrats reopen the bitter healthcare debate, arguing that the reform law’s provisions could yield opportunities to cut the federal deficit. [...]
“The healthcare accounts, we’re spending one of every six dollars in this economy on healthcare. We’re heading to one of every three,” Conrad said. “There have to be further reform and savings in the healthcare accounts.”