Monday, March 28, 2011

What They Are Saying About Scott Walker in Wisconsin

This sign posted on a theater marquee near Madison, Wisconsin says it all. It went up last week and is even more apt after Scott Walker and his cronies rammed through their union busting legislation and declared it law today, in spite of a pending court case. Starting April 21st,  union dues will no longer be deducted from the paychecks of state employees but the slack will be taken up by the deductions for health insurance that will be taken out. Ouch!

Here's how the Associated Press press release put it earlier today;

Republican lawmakers pushed through passage of the law earlier this month despite massive protests that drew up to 85,000 people to the state Capitol and a boycott by Democratic state senators. Opponents immediately filed a series of lawsuits, and a hearing on one was scheduled Tuesday.
The judge in that case had issued a restraining order barring Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette from publishing the law, typically the last step before it takes effect.
But at the request of a Republican Senate leader, the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau posted the law on the Legislature's website Friday. Republican Gov. Scott Walker's administration and the Justice Department led by Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said the posting put the law into effect Saturday and work to implement it would begin immediately.
Along with removing most of public employees' collective bargaining rights, the new law requires them to pay more for their health insurance and pensions, which amounts to an 8 percent pay cut.

For people who say they care about the Constitution, this is pretty strange behavior and the people are going to be pissed-- and not just in Wisconsin, either.The blowback on this is going to be more than signs on theater marquees.

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