While Democrats insist tax increases are essential to balancing the state budget, Republicans in the swing state of Wisconsin are directly confronting state employee unions and their tactics as a primary cost driver for state and local government.  Take a look at the scope of what Gov. Scott Walker has planned for his state’s unions.

From the New York Times:  “Citing Wisconsin’s gaping budget shortfall for this year and even larger ones expected in the years ahead, Gov. Scott Walker proposed a sweeping plan on Friday to cut benefits for public employees in the state and to take away most of their unions’ ability to bargain.

The proposal by Mr. Walker, a Republican who was elected in November after pledging that he would get public workers’ compensation “into line” with everyone else’s, is expected to receive support next week in the State Legislature, where Republicans also won control of both chambers in the fall….http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/us/12unions.html