Rebecca To Pay Her Share
Rebecca Kleefisch announced that if elected lieutenant governor, she would voluntarily pay the full employee portion of the lieutenant governor’s pension.
Rebecca Meets Voters At The Teaparty
Currently, Wisconsin taxpayers foot the bill for both the employer and employee contributions of the pension benefit received by state employees and elected officials. Earlier this summer, Scott Walker announced he will voluntarily pay the full employee contribution for his own pension immediately upon being sworn in, and proposed a plan requiring all employees of the state to contribute their portion too, saving nearly $180 million a year for the taxpayers.
“Just like Scott Walker, I believe that it’s high time our elected officials were held accountable to the taxpayers,” said Kleefisch at the Appleton TEA Party. “If I’m elected lieutenant governor, I will join the Walkers in paying my share towards my own retirement, because I believe everyone should pay their own way, including me. At a time when families across Wisconsin are hurting, it’s unacceptable that taxpayers are currently footing the full bill for state employee pensions. I applaud Scott’s plan that asks each government employee and our elected officials to contribute their fair share, saving nearly $180 million a year. The only way we’re going to get spending under control is to fundamentally change the way we govern, enacting long-term solutions that reduce the cost of government. And that change starts with us.”
During her campaign for lieutenant governor, Kleefisch also proposed a plan to help reign in government spending by having state employees contribute to their pensions.