Mar 29, 201303:16 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
T.J. Mertz: How did Act 10 prevent you from paying your electric bill, and what about your conflict of interest?
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Still paying the union
Mertz is on faculty at Edgewood College, which is not affected by Act 10. Nor has Act 10 reduced the salaries of Madison school district employees. Exactly how did Wisconsin Act 10, which restricts collective bargaining by state and local government employees, cause his family economic hardship?
The candidate told Blaska’s Bring It! “If only indirectly due to ACT 10, both health insurance and pension payments increased; take-home pay decreased. You can argue about whether that is due to Act 10. I think it is.”
To Mertz’s original Facebook post, one commenter wrote, “Wow ... blaming Act 10 for your inability to pay your bills. So, does that mean you as a board member will support the money savings that Act 10 provides?” Ironically, Act 10 allowed school districts to choose less expensive health insurance plans and freed workers from payroll deduction of union dues (MMSD declined to avail itself of the latter).
Haven’t seen “holding the line on taxes” as one of Mertz’s planks, either. I have some sympathy for families caught up in the Obama economic doldrums – many of whom have no jobs at all – but his financial mismanagement and his huge conflict of interest reinforces the urgency of writing in the name of Ananda Mirilli for Seat #5 of the Madison School Board.
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