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The Real Cost of Public Pensions

Abstract: Policymakers at every level of government are confronting the cost of fringe benefits for public-sector workers. The difficulty of placing an economic value on public employees’ pensions, however, means that policymakers rarely know whether benefits are excessive, especially as interest groups take advantage of the confusion by advancing misleading arguments. This paper discusses how to properly calculate the cost of public defined-benefit pension benefits, compares the cost of these benefits to private-sector retirement plans, and refutes two of the most common arguments that public pension benefits are somehow modest.

The generosity of public-sector pension benefits has come under increased scrutiny in recent years, as states and local governments search for ways to close their budget deficits. The intense battles over public-sector collective bargaining in Wisconsin and Ohio, for example, have been seen as conflicts over whether to reduce public-pension benefits for future retirees. Whether pension cutbacks are justified, however, depends crucially on whether existing benefits are excessively generous compared to those in the private sector. More broadly, policymakers cannot know if total compensation in the public sector—including salaries, benefits, and job security—is at an appropriate market level without a proper understanding of pension costs.

Read more by Jason Richwine, Ph.D. from May 31, 2012

Why is Tom Barrett still allowing diluted poop to be dumped into the lake?

For years now the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District has been dumping millions of gallons of raw sewage into Lake Michigan.

We have spent over a billion on a “deep tunnel” that doesn’t work during a heavy rain.

Scott Walker says we should separate the sewers in Milwaukee, the cause of the problem. This can be done over the next 30 years, as they need replacing. So we can FINALLY stop dumping shit into the lake.

Walker has a plan. And Barrett has . . . ?

Milw North Branch of RPMC hosting a booth at Juneteenth Day

Contact: Sam Hagedorn, (414) 303-5140

This outreach by the Milwaukee North Branch is an extension of Gov. Walker’s stated desire to reach across the political isle. We will show Milwaukee residents that we do care and want them on our side in the fight to improve both Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin.

An opportunity to join the Republican Party, campaign literature along with free candy will be available at our booth. But more importantly we will listen to concerns of Milwaukee’s north side residents.

Juneteenth is an annual observance on June 19 to remember when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. The Milwaukee event includes a parade at 9:00 am along with festival booths on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive from Center Street to Burleigh Ave. Our booth will be open from 9am – 5pm.

West Allis Branch Mtg on Thu May 22

At 7:00pm at the RPMC HQ on 1488 S. 84th St.

Discussion about WI Treasurer and WI Sec. of State candidates.

Rep. Rob Hutton Kickoff Fundraiser on Thur May 15

State Rep. Rob Hutton formally announces his re-election campaign for Wisconsin State Assembly in the 13th District.

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Honored Guest: Senator Leah Vukmir

O’Donoghue’s Irish Pub
13225 Watertown Plank Rd.
Elm Grove, WI 53122

Refreshments will be served. Remarks at 7pm.
All campaign contributions gratefully accepted.

Will you attend? See the Evite

“If I wanted America to fail”

The environmental agenda has been infected by extremism—it’s become an economic suicide pact. And we’re here to challenge it.

Republicans waging a war FOR Milwaukee

The state Public Service Commission recently ruled that the City of Milwaukee may not pass on the cost of relocating utilities for a streetcar project to ratepayers. The decision has revived allegations that Republicans have something against Milwaukee, which is not true.

When I moved to Milwaukee 13 years ago, I immediately fell in love with this great city. The Milwaukee area is where I want to raise a family, build a business, give back and retire. The policies that my colleagues and I have fought for reflect our genuine efforts to move Milwaukee forward.

Read more by State Rep. Dale Kooyenga at

Lobby more, pay less in taxes

Learn about Common Core on Wed May 7

from 6 - 8pm, at Franklin Public Library at 9151 W. Loomis Road in Franklin.

presented by Dr. Duke Pesta

Free admission, limited seating.

Dr. Pesta is an English professor at UW-Oshkosh and Academic Director at FreedomProject Education. He gives a powerful fact filled presentation that is not to be missed. This is a free event, but we will be having a free will offering.

Have you heard about Common Core? The chilling truth behind these new national educational “standards” will terrify you. Common Core represents the latest and most comprehensive step in the drive toward complete government control of our children’s education. Join us for a special presentation exposing the truth about Common Core and the ongoing struggle to roll back its implementation. Our speaker will provide examples of how Common Core threatens to further undermine, weaken, and centralize public and private education in our country.

Leah Vukmir Birthday Fundraiser on Thur May 29

featuring Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald
from 5:30PM – 7:30PM
at Alioto’s Restaurant - 3041 N Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53222

Host Opportunities still available. Questions or to RSVP e-mail or call (608) 469-2122

Paul Ryan in the Veteran’s Memorial Day Parade in Burlington on Mon May 26

If you are able to join us in the parade on May 26, you may contact Jan Deters, Volunteer Coordinator at jan AT or 608-774-0317. The parade begins at 9:00 AM.

Conservative Young Professionals Event on Thur May 29

“Putting Wisconsin to Work”
with Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch

Join Conservative Young Professionals of Waukesha County and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch for the latest on the Walker Administration’s efforts to boost the economy and create jobs for young workers.

Drinks and networking at 6pm
Lt. Gov. Kleefisch at 7pm

at Thunder Bay Grill
N14 W24145 Tower Pl
Waukesha, WI

More information at

Women for Walker Wine Tasting Event on Thur June 5

Please join us for a Women for Walker
Wine Tasting With
First Lady Tonette Walker
Governor Scott Walker

at Wine Maniacs
106 Seeboth Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
5:30 - 6:30 pm Host Reception
6:30 - 7:30 pm Main Reception

Platinum Host: $1,000, Includes Host Reception, Main Reception and Photo Op
Gold Host: $500, Includes Host Reception, Main Reception and Photo Op
Silver Host: $250, Includes Host Reception and Main Reception
Bronze Host: $150, Includes Host Reception and Main Reception
General Attendance: $50/per person

For more information or to RSVP contact
Colleen Coyle (608) 239—5601 or

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Moving Forward: 2014 RPW State Convention

State Convention is a time to show the strength of our Party – and the momentum we have going into November. The Party is unified and focused on re-electing Scott Walker, Rebecca Kleefisch, and our Republican majorities.

RPW is now 16 offices strong – as we’ve said all along, we believe it is our grassroots movement that will be critical to victory. This year, we have unprecedented programs in place that are registering new voters, identifying supporters, and building the systems needed to win that will ultimately turn out support on Election Day for Republicans.

Convention is a vital time for discussion between legislators, activists and volunteers – and truly will set the course for victory in November.

During the last three years, Republicans have experienced a lot in Wisconsin. We fought hard to keep Governor Walker, Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch, and our Republican leaders in office, and to protect the reforms that saved our state.

We made the tough, but prudent, decisions necessary to balance the budget and create a government that works for the taxpayers, not against them.

The great news is that the voters of Wisconsin reaffirmed the direction they wanted to take the state in 2012, we have now been able to invest in our priorities – lower taxes, more jobs, a balanced budget, and a greater opportunity for all of Wisconsin.

Now, jobs are coming back, we have a budget surplus, the tax burden is down, and most importantly our economy is growing. Wisconsin is back on, and we’re moving forward.

Republican accomplishments include:
* With Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and a Republican majority in both the State Senate and State Assembly, we are truly able to invest in the state’s priorities and set a direction for the state to move forward
* Eliminating a $3.6 billion budget deficit without tax increases, and a budget surplus that has allowed investment in the state’s priorities
* Over $3 billion in savings, and reforms that are working for the taxpayer, not for bigger government
* Over $2 billion in tax relief, through property tax and income tax cuts, and a tax withholdings plan that is saving the typical Wisconsin family $520 this year alone
* A lower tax burden for middle-class families and job creators, and employer confidence now sits at 95%, up over 80 points since Walker and Republicans have taken in office
* Over 100,000 new jobs and over 17,000 new startups
* Unemployment is now at 5.9%, lower than the national average and the lowest in the state in 5 years
* A hold on property taxes three years in a row; after a 27% increase in the previous 10 years, Wisconsin’s property taxes are lower in 2014 than they were in 2010
* Four years ago, the debate in Madison revolved around the size of tax hikes, but now we’re discussing tax cuts and government reform

We’ve accomplished so much – but we believe the best is yet to come. We’ve laid the groundwork, and now is the time for us to take action. It is our grassroots movement that will pave the way to victory in November.

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