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Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance: Schools used Act 10 to offset $450M aid reduction

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance now says that public schools found enough savings to offset a $450 million reduction in state aid.  

The Alliance issued updated findings Monday to results first released in 2012. They showed that the 2011 Act 10 public union bargaining limits saved public schools about two-thirds of the aid they lost.

Since then, the alliance says schools have found enough savings to make up for the cuts in general.

Act 10 ended collective bargaining by school unions, except for wages at or below inflation. Employees were also ordered to pay more for their health insurance and retirement.  

When Act 10 was passed, many school boards negotiated new contracts with unions, so they could remain under contract for a longer period. The vast majority of those contracts have since expired.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)