Wisconsin Assembly Votes – Passes Bill

The Wisconsin Assembly has passed Governor Walker’s budget repair bill:

The Wisconsin state Assembly early on Friday approved a Republican proposal to strip public sector unions of most collective bargaining rights despite fierce objections from Democrats and labor unions.

The vote sets the stage for a showdown with state Senate Democrats who last week left Wisconsin to prevent a vote in that chamber, which also must approve the measure if it is to go into effect.

After two all-night sessions and a Democratic bid for a compromise, the Republican-dominated Assembly abruptly ended debate early on Friday and approved the bill by a vote of 51 to 17.

Walker has set a deadline of Friday for approval of the measure to give the state time to refinance bonds and make a payment on state debt that is due by March 15. He says the bill is necessary to close a budget deficit of $137 million for this fiscal year and $3.6 billion in the next two years.

For more information: How Collective Bargaining Costs Government

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One Response to Wisconsin Assembly Votes – Passes Bill

  1. Brandon says:

    Good. It’s time the public sector unions learned their limits. Now if we can transfer that experience from Wisconsin to south of the Cheddar Curtain here in Illinois, we’ll be doing much better.

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