All Posts by Empower Wisconsin

Could Team Tony lose their fat pay raises?

Empower Wisconsin  | April 30, 2020

By M.D. Kittle 

MADISON — Hundreds of thousands of private-sector employees have lost their jobs thanks to the pandemic and the lockdown orders issued by the Evers administration. Many aren’t sure if they’ll have jobs to go back to when things supposedly return to the “new normal.”

So you’ll excuse them if they don’t shed too many tears for government employees after Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday announced a 5 percent cut in the state’s operations budget in the wake of steep revenue declines. That’s $70 million out of a total $84 billion biennial budget — a glass of water in a jet tub.

It will do little to fill the $2 billion in lost tax revenue in the next fiscal year, according to the governor’s projections to the Trump administration.

The 5 percent cut to executive branch operations may mean some small wage and salary cuts for Wisconsin’s 71,000-plus state employees, but Evers seems loathe to go there.

At a press conference Wednesday, he wouldn’t say whether he would follow the lead of the private sector and state university system in issuing furloughs to state employees. That 5 percent reduction was tough enough, the Democrat said.

“I’m not able to say at this time,” he said. “We’re working hard to get this 5 percent piece done.”

Perhaps he could take some of it from the exorbitant salary bumps he gave to his secretaries, one of his first acts as governor when he took office last year.

As MacIver News Service first reported, several administration leaders received salary increases of 10 percent or better. The highest pay hike went to Kathy Blumenfield, secretary of the Department of Financial Institutions, who got a 16 percent raise. Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan got a 14 percent raise, and so did his good friend, Tourism Secretary-designee Sara Meaney.

Brennan, the highest-paid Evers administration director, collected a salary of nearly $153,000 last year.

Listen to more:

Explore More
Spotlight: Opting out of the left’s sex ed

Spotlight: Opting out of the left’s sex ed

MADISON — A Burlington High School sex education book that includes a chapter on “Kinks, Fantasies, and Fetishes” went MIA…

Read More »

September 20, 2021
Establishment goes DEFCON 1 on Nicki Minaj’s COVID Vax claim

Establishment goes DEFCON 1 on Nicki Minaj’s COVID Vax claim

By Jim Geraghty, National Review Do I believe that hip-hop star Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend in Trinidad received a COVID-19…

Read More »

September 20, 2021
Tool of the Week: Politifarce

Tool of the Week: Politifarce

MADISON — You know that Nigerian official who has all kinds of money to send you if you just give…

Read More »

September 20, 2021
Evers’ failures costing jobs, pushing up prices.

Evers’ failures costing jobs, pushing up prices.

By M.D. Kittle MADISON — Soaring inflation and a worker shortage crisis — driven by out-of-control government spending and economy-stalling…

Read More »

September 20, 2021
Vulnerable Tony: Wisconsin is ripe for a change in 2022

Vulnerable Tony: Wisconsin is ripe for a change in 2022

By M.D. Kittle MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers is vulnerable, and not in the sensitive Alan Alda way. The Wisconsin…

Read More »

September 17, 2021
Leave it to Evers: There goes the judge

Leave it to Evers: There goes the judge

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers is now accepting applications for Milwaukee County Circuit Court-Branch 5 judge. “The appointment will fill…

Read More »

September 17, 2021
Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *