Wis. lawmakers target police, firefighter benefits

AP News
Posted: Jun 03, 2011 1:58 AM
Wis. lawmakers target police, firefighter benefits

Wisconsin lawmakers have re-opened the fight over collective bargaining rights.

The Legislature's budget committee voted early Friday morning to require newly hired police and firefighters to pay more for their health insurance and pension benefits.

The change was approved by the Republican-controlled committee on an 11-4 party line vote. It would force police and firefighters to make the same level of contributions that other public workers would be required to make under a bill pushed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and passed by the Legislature in March.

Police and firefighters were exempt under that bill.

That measure also took away nearly all collective bargaining rights from state workers. It was voided by a circuit court judge last month and hasn't taken effect.