State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers wrote a letter to the co-chairs of the legislature's Joint Finance Committee on Monday, February 14, to express his opposition to some provisions in the proposed Budget Adjustment Bill.
"We ned to make tough decisions," Evers wrote, "but we must be careful not to abandon fairness and a sense of decency in the name of boldness. Strong measures are needed, but we are better served by reasonable reforms than by radical reactions."
Evers praised public employees who "have been and will continue to do their part to move Wisconsin forward and help balance the budget. Despite furloughs and freezes, public employees have provided vital public services with fewer peope, over longer hours, and for less money."
He noted the proposed bill will translate into an immediate salary cut of up to ten percent and urged elected officials to move forward without eliminating the long-standing rights of state and local workers.