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To: Kenneth E. Phillipps who wrote (113050)5/2/2012 8:32:04 PM
From: tonto
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No, Walker is leading in that poll too...


"Still, with Walker holding the slim edge among those who are more likely to vote, a failure on the part of the Democrats to put on a brilliant ground game and get voters to the polls may ultimately spell victory for the controversial governor..."

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To: tonto who wrote (113048)5/2/2012 9:39:34 PM
From: tejek
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You are faking it...again. The unions were against not being able to rape the state. The teachers do not care about the insurance issue. They are getting the same insurance and it is costing less. You need to learn more about the issue before posting.

Wisconsin Teacher Retirements Double After Cuts To Benefits And Collective Bargaining

MADISON, Wis. -- When students return Thursday for the first day of school across Wisconsin, many familiar faces will be gone, as teachers chose retirement over coming back in the wake of a new law that forces them to pay more for benefits while taking away most of their collective bargaining rights.

Documents obtained by The Associated Press under the state's open records law show that about twice as many public school teachers decided to hang it up in the first half of this year as in each of the past two full years, part of a mass exit of public employees.

Their departures came before the new law took effect, changes pushed by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican Legislature that led to weeks of protests at the Capitol.

The ensuing exodus of teachers and other state employees has led to fears that the jobs might not be filled, and that classroom leadership by veteran teachers will be lost.

Ginny Fleck, a German teacher from Green Bay with 30 years of experience, is among nearly 5,000 teachers who retired.

"It wouldn't make sense for me to teach one more year and basically lose $8,000," she said. Fleck, 69, decided to retire in February, even before the bill became law, in part because of the hit she would take to her $60,000 annual salary, and because of other changes the district was making.

In the first six months of 2011, overall public employee retirements were double that in all of either 2009 or 2010, according to data provided to the AP by the Wisconsin Retirement System. That includes 4,935 Wisconsin school district employees who started receiving retirement benefits, up from 2,527 teacher retirements in all of 2010 and 2,417 in 2009.

Teachers weren't the only ones heading for the exits. State agency retirements were particularly dramatic, nearly tripling from 747 in all of 2010 to 1,966 through June. Retirements from the University of Wisconsin System more than doubled, up from 480 last year to 1,091 this year. All told, 9,933 public workers had retired by the end of June, a 93 percent increase from 5,133 in 2010. The year before, there were 4,876 retirements.

The state Department of Administration said no decision has been made on how many of the government jobs will be filled.


"Each agency is looking at the vacancies created by retirements – case by case – and making decisions based on the needs of the agency, as well as with an eye toward keeping costs down for taxpayers," said DOA spokeswoman Carla Vigue.
C.J. Peters, a sixth-grade social studies teacher in Green Bay with more than 24 years of experience, decided to retire about two months before Walker proposed the collective bargaining changes. The fight over that "put the icing on the cake that I had made the right decision," she said.

Peters said her position has been filled, but she worries what effect the loss of all the experience of those retiring will have on the students and educational system.

"You can't get experience through a book, you've got to teach," she said. "I think a lot of talent has been lost."

Roughly 10 percent of the teaching force in Beloit – 60 out of about 600 – retired this year, which means higher class sizes for both elementary and high school students, said superintendent Steve McNeal. The district filled 40 of the vacancies.

"It's a significant loss to our system, it's a significant loss to education," McNeal said. "We lost a whole bunch of talent and a whole bunch of talent all at the same time. It disrupted the normal cycle."

Many public workers feel under attack by the measure that required them to pay more for their health insurance and pension benefits and took away most of their ability to collectively bargain.

Lawmakers pushed the changes as a way for schools and governments to deal with deep cuts necessitated by a state budget shortfall. Since the law took effect, Walker has repeatedly touted examples of schools like Fond du Lac, Hudson and Appleton that say they are saving money.

Some of the savings are due to the large number of retirements. In general, older teachers get paid more and so represent more of a savings for the schools when they leave. Beloit saved $920,000 through the retirements, McNeal said. But he said those decades of experience cannot be replaced with teachers fresh out of college.

It's unclear how many vacancies caused by teacher retirements are being filled statewide. A spokesman for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards said it was not tracking retirements. A website maintained by the state listed 244 public school openings as of Monday.

Most of the 29 retirements in the Eau Claire school district were filled, said superintendent Ron Heilmann. And that figure was actually down compared to the three-year average of 32 out of a staff of roughly 840.

Heilmann attributed that to the fact that teachers got some certainty by extending their contract for a year, though they took a salary freeze along with the higher pension and health care payments. But Heilmann said there already is chatter about a spike in retirements next year when that contract ends.

"In the back of my mind, that's always a concern of mine," he said. "As a state, Wisconsin is going to have to wake up and balance both sides of the equation. Is losing people on the higher end of the salary schedule good for our schools and children in the long term?"

In Green Bay, Fleck said about 140 out of 1,700 of the district's teachers retired this year. She said another 50 or so planned to retire in the middle of this school year.

"All of the leadership is gone," she said. "Some of these younger people who come in need help from the older teachers and they are gone. Plus, the morale is really down."

Fleck, who will not be reporting to school for the first time in three decades, is not having second thoughts.

"I made the right decision," she said. "I'm glad that I did."

huffingtonpost.com

It is you who is playing games. You are having problems here because your knowledge is based only on headlines...and it shows. Stop wasting our time.

I don't play games but I know Rs are crooks. Its in their DNA.

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To: tonto who wrote (113051)5/2/2012 9:48:32 PM
From: tejek
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No, Walker is leading in that poll too...


"Still, with Walker holding the slim edge among those who are more likely to vote, a failure on the part of the Democrats to put on a brilliant ground game and get voters to the polls may ultimately spell victory for the controversial governor..."


Uh......Dems haven't even picked their candidate yet. Let's see what the polls look like after the Dem primary.

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To: tonto who wrote (113040)5/2/2012 9:50:44 PM
From: tejek
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Industry Picks Up the Pace

BY CONOR DOUGHERTY Manufacturing activity picked up steam on several fronts in April, easing concerns that a key engine of the economy was beginning to falter.

The Institute for Supply Management's index of manufacturing activity, based on surveys of purchasing managers across the U.S., rose to 54.8 last month from 53.4 in March—the 33rd consecutive month of growth and the fastest pace since June 2011.

The expansion was broad-based, with 16 of 18 industries reporting gains, according to the report Tuesday. Gauges of production, exports and employment all increased while the new-orders index—a barometer of future activity—rose 3.7 points to 58.2.

Read more...........

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To: tonto who wrote (112982)5/2/2012 9:52:47 PM
From: ChinuSFO
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It looks like hiring in construction will fall for April compared to that in Jan and Feb. I was wondering why this is so because in past years Jan Feb figures are lower than April's.

Besides, I wonder what construction activity we expect to see in the US when most manufacturing have moved to China and India where I saw a lot of construction of factories and homes in progress.

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To: tejek who wrote (113054)5/2/2012 9:56:42 PM
From: Oblivious
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Yesterdays news. The market went down on it.

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To: Oblivious who wrote (113056)5/3/2012 12:23:40 AM
From: tejek
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Yesterdays news. The market went down on it.

Yes. Why do you think that was?

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To: tejek who wrote (113054)5/3/2012 12:36:03 AM
From: Skywatcher
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Romney Pays Surprise Visit to his Money in the Caymans

No Timetable for Withdrawal, Says Presumptive Nominee

CAYMAN ISLANDS (The Borowitz Report) - In an uncharacteristically emotional scene for the presumptive GOP nominee, Mitt Romney today paid a surprise visit to his money in the Cayman Islands.

Speaking in a bank vault surrounded by stacks of cash, Mr. Romney praised his money for "the brave work you have done in the never-ending fight for freedom from Federal income tax."

"Thanks to your hard work, losers around the world are envious of me," he added. "For that I salute you."

Stressing that his money's mission in the Caymans was "far from over," he refused to set any timetable for withdrawal.

In a reference to his bid for the Presidency, Mr. Romney told his money, "It would be an honor and a privilege to have my face on you someday."

After plunging into the stacks of cash to touch many of the dollar bills individually, Mr. Romney boarded his private jet to pay a surprise visit to Switzerland.

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To: manalagi who wrote (112827)5/3/2012 12:36:13 AM
From: Skywatcher
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NO JOKE...of course she said that...

Romney Pays Surprise Visit to his Money in the Caymans

No Timetable for Withdrawal, Says Presumptive Nominee

CAYMAN ISLANDS (The Borowitz Report) - In an uncharacteristically emotional scene for the presumptive GOP nominee, Mitt Romney today paid a surprise visit to his money in the Cayman Islands.

Speaking in a bank vault surrounded by stacks of cash, Mr. Romney praised his money for "the brave work you have done in the never-ending fight for freedom from Federal income tax."

"Thanks to your hard work, losers around the world are envious of me," he added. "For that I salute you."

Stressing that his money's mission in the Caymans was "far from over," he refused to set any timetable for withdrawal.

In a reference to his bid for the Presidency, Mr. Romney told his money, "It would be an honor and a privilege to have my face on you someday."

After plunging into the stacks of cash to touch many of the dollar bills individually, Mr. Romney boarded his private jet to pay a surprise visit to Switzerland.

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To: Skywatcher who wrote (113058)5/3/2012 1:08:38 AM
From: tejek
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