The editorial board opines,
Union leaders and some public workers may prefer the old days when state government handed out the same raise to pretty much everybody, regardless of how well individuals were doing on the job.
But we suspect a lot of public employees will appreciate the opportunity to earn more if their work is exceptional. Most of the general public should welcome this change, too, under Gov. Scott Walker. That’s because pay for performance helps to keep and attract top talent. And better public employees should translate into better public services.
As has been established by the forefathers of economics, people respond to incentives. With the death of collective bargaining, the best talent shines and is rewarded, and the rest are motivated to perform better next time. It’s the way business works, especially for those that thrive.
Mary Burke’s pro-business non-campaign campaign will have a tough time arguing this point, and may be forced to actually support one of the governor’s decisions.