The School Board proposed that teachers pay a small portion of the cost of their health care, and in so doing the layoffs could be avoided. The teacher's union did not even allow the teachers to vote on the offer, preferring to wait for Congress to bail them out.
On Tuesday it did, voting to spend $10 billion the government doesn't have so Milwaukee teachers and others like them nationwide could avoid making any sacrifice in these difficult times. Worse yet, the bill requires states and cities accepting the aid to promise not to cut education costs in the year ahead, further protecting teachers from any attempts to reel in the runaway costs of our nation's education system.
If you contribute to your health insurance costs, this handout should make you mad. And, if you do not have insurance, you should be madder still at the unreasonable demands of unions, and the lack of backbone on the part of our Democratic representatives.
It's time for a housecleaning — retire U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen and Sen. Russ Feingold this fall!
Edson F. Allen
This letter was in response to the recent legislation authorizing federal aid to the states for education and Medicaid.