The Budget’s Effects on Workers in the Public Sector
Changes in the state budget and budget repair legislation will make it harder for low-income workers in the public sector to make ends meet, according to a new analysis by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.
A two-page brief released today examines these changes and their impact on the families of people employed in public sector jobs. Beginning teachers, janitors, workers in school, and other working-class public employees could lose thousands of dollars per year, the equivalent of as much as six months of grocery costs.
The new WCCF analysis found that:
- Workers earning the least will take the biggest hits to their budget – as much as 15% in lost income and increased costs.
- The impact on low-income public sector workers, in terms of monetary impact, will be far greater than that on workers in the private sector.
- Working-class families with children will be hit especially hard, as the state rolls back tax credits for working families with children and support for child care.
For more, check out the brief on WCCF’s website.