They’re going for it
A source confirmed to WISC-TV that Republican senators intend to remove fiscal portions of the budget bill in order to pass it without Democratic senators.
All 14 Senate Democrats left the state to prevent quorum on the bill. It takes at least 20 senators to take up any budget bill.
I personally always assumed collective bargaining was gone, no matter what the Democrats do. This was always the ultimate plan. I would’ve been shocked if they didn’t go for it.
I’m not sure the best course of play here…might be for the Democrats to come back and hope to peel three Republicans away in the vote, but then they might be arrested and forced to the capital to vote on a budget bill.
Once collective bargaining is gone, it’s going to be next to impossible to bring it back. Democrats wouldn’t be able to even try until 2013, assuming they recall Walker and win back both houses of the legislature.
I certainly do hope those 43% of union voters who decided, for whatever reason, to not vote for the Milwaukee Mayor who promised to protect them in budget cuts and instead roll the dice with Scott, are satisfied in their choice. Now, with their standing weakened and Koch money flowing like champagne at an Orange County country club, it’s going to be hard to get back their power.
The best thing to do now is make a statement in the recalls. As always, I’m not optimistic.
ETA: Let the “It’s Obama fault” begin
So glad Obama put on his “real comfortable (1+ / 0-)
walking shoes” and “walked the walk” in supporting unions… not.
UPDATED: The bill passed 18-1, with one Senator, Dale Schultz, voting no.
Protesters have stormed the state capital building in Madison. Some reports have said the Democratic Senators will return to Wisconsin tomorrow (they’re still in Illinois), but that hasn’t been confirmed.