Ozaukee County Board backs Walker repair bill

Published on: 3/3/2011

The Ozaukee County Board has adopted a resolution supporting Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill that curtails public employees' collective bargaining powers.

The board approved the resolution Wednesday on a 21-5 vote, with three supervisors abstaining. Two supervisors were absent.

Additional retirement system contributions from county employees alone will cut county spending by $1 million a year, Board Chairman Robert Brooks said.

Walker’s legislation, which aims to close a gap in the current state budget, is stalled in Madison because 14 Democrat senators fled the state two weeks ago rather than provide the necessary quorum needed for final adoption.

Walker’s budget-repair bill would require most public employees — except fire and police — to pay 5.8% toward their pensions and 12% of their healthcare benefits. It would also dismantle most other elements of collective bargaining, which has prompted daily protests in Madison and beyond.