Gov Walker’s Bill Targeting Unions Could Cost State 46 Million In Transportation Funds

The controversial part of Governor Scott Walker’s proposed plan that cuts the budget, the part that strips collective bargaining rights from unions, could actually end up costing the state millions of dollars in federal transportation funds.

Via The Huffington Post;

Budget referees and transportation officials in Wisconsin have informed Gov. Scott Walker (R) that if he were to pass his controversial anti-union legislation into law, he could be forfeiting tens of millions of dollars in federal funds for transportation.

Under an obscure provision of federal labor law, states risk losing federal funds should they eliminate “collective bargaining rights” that existed at the time when federal assistance was first granted. The provision, known as “protective arrangements” or “Section 13C arrangements,” is meant as a means of cushioning union (and even some non-union) members who, while working on local projects, are affected by federal grants.

It also could potentially hamstring governors like Walker who want dramatic changes to labor laws in their states. Wisconsin received $74 million in federal transit funds this fiscal year. Of that, $46.6 million would be put at risk should the collective-bargaining bill come to pass — in the process creating an even more difficult fiscal situation than the one that, ostensibly, compelled Walker to push the legislation in the first place.

Read more at; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/22/walker-unions-wisconsin-protests_n_826908.html