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Wisconsion Senate Republicans and Governor are petty
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zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 4th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Under practically any other circumstance I would agree with you, but in this case I haven't heard one peep out of the news articles saying that the Governor or Republican Senators have shown these unions are lining their pockets, making outrageous claims, not responding to member claims, etc. Getting details on what the entire issue is is pretty hard, though, as neither side is making it very clear what they expect to get out of this argument.

If what another poster has said, regarding the unions accepting all the cuts that the rest of the bill requests, is true then it sounds like the Governor and Senate Republicans need to back down this time and try again another time, when they can clearly paint the unions as the ones asking too much or pocketing too much, or whatever.
raist_ From: raist_ Date: March 4th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome to verify it. The public worker unions have repeatedly offered to give those concessions, as long as they have the right to collectively bargain in the future when the economy allows it.

There's been another argument: That the dispute over allowing public workers to collectively bargain for wages is just a cover so that people won't read the actual budget repair bill and see what it's hiding.

One of the clauses in the bill that Walker tried to rush through the legislature so quickly, grants him the power to sell off public assets (Namely, state-owned power companies) without requiring a public bidding process. IE, he can sell state owned assets at any price, to anyone he wants, without the public being able to know.

Another part of the bill attempts to tamper with how BadgerCare (what the state calls Medicaid) is run; who is eligible, etc.
vaelynphi From: vaelynphi Date: March 5th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow; I hadn't read about those two bits... this guy's a real asshole.
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