A few days ago the folks at The Daily Caller did something that the mainstream media so far has failed to do, and acquired salary and benefit information for Wisconsin teachers who have gone on the public record by complaining to the mainstream media about the impact of Gov. Walker’s proposed budget cuts:
Wisconsin’s 2010 Teacher of the Year, Leah Lechleiter-Luke of Mauston High School, told CNN the budget changes would force her to look for additional part-time work.
“When people say that public sector employees live high off the hog,
I’d like to share that for 13 of my 19-year teaching career I have held a
part-time job either in the summer or teaching night class at the local
Lechleiter-Luke told CNN. “In addition to tightening the belt even more
and crossing our fingers that nothing breaks, I will need to find
part-time work again.”
Lechleiter-Luke makes $54,928 in base salary and $32,213 in “fringe benefits,” which include health insurance, life insurance and retirement pay.
Brad Lutes and his wife, Heather Lutes, told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz that Walker’s budget would hit them twice as hard.
“Having to explain to an 8- and 10-year old that the governor of your
state basically wants to take money away from dad and mom? It’s just
really, really frustrating,” Brad Lutes told Schultz.
He makes $49,412 in base salary with $27,987 in fringe benefits and his wife makes $50,240 with $9,413 in benefits. That’s $137,052 annually between the two of them.
(Emphasis in original article)