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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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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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