That being said, as a state worker myself, I am getting annoyed at being turned into some fiscal bogey man. Going to “war” with state workers who are “supposedly bellied up at the trough” or who have “drank the governmental Kool-Aid,” to paraphrase some, is insulting. It’s also not going to get Republicans very far as a long-term economic fix. I guess it makes for a good headline. We get to be the foil.
And if you guessed Jessica McBride, you’d be correct. One might further guess this was her least-popular column in the Waukesha Freeman.
Just a little reminder: According to a UWM study, the wages of state employees are 6.2 percent less than for private-sector employees. That was measured from 2000 to 2008, before a round of furloughs took effect that amounted to a 3 percent pay cut.