It's official. Gov. Walker has adopted the Grover Norquist theory of public policy, namely: Make government small enough to drown in a bathtub.
In a message to state employees, the gov put his spin on a series of sweeping changes. They are part of his proposed legislation that will save a few bucks while denuding public employee unions and robbing state workers of a significant portion of their livelihoods. It is entirely possible that, if this bill passes, our state will never again see a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Wisconsin and its public employees.
The bill contains a lot of really Old Testament-type policy changes, but the single most egregious proposal from the gov involves collective bargaining. He describes the changes, in a message emailed today to employees, as follows:
[T]he bill also makes various changes to limit collective bargaining to the base pay rate.