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Wisconsin governor to propose stripping most public employee bargaining rights
pioneer press ^ | 2-10-11 | ap

Posted on 02/10/2011 4:13:25 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker will propose removing nearly all public employee collective bargaining rights to help plug a $3.6 billion budget hole, a Republican briefed on the governor's plan told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Walker will propose a change in state law to remove public employees' ability to negotiate on any issue except salary, according to the person, who was in Walker's closed-door briefing with members of the state Senate on Thursday but spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to release the information.

The Republican governor also will refinance state debt to save $165 million in the current fiscal year that ends June 30, the person said.

The state faces a $137 million budget shortfall in the fiscal year that ends June 30. Walker wants lawmakers to pass a bill as soon as next week to fix that problem. Walker will unveil his two-year budget plan to address the larger $3.6 billion shortfall on Feb. 22.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: broke; debt; employees; governor; pensions; public; publicsectorunions; unions; walker; wisconsinshowdown
didn't a CA court just OK something similar there?
1 posted on 02/10/2011 4:13:27 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Glad to hear this we sure don’t need higher taxes here. Glad we’re not CA or TX though, TX has a $27 Billion problem and I can’t even remember what CA’s has risen to.


2 posted on 02/10/2011 4:21:53 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori">)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

We desperately need to do this in IL but Gov. Quinn is OWNED by the unions and the Chicago Donkeys dominate both the House and Senate. No hope for us here.


3 posted on 02/10/2011 4:28:55 PM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

“You’re fired” is today’s answer to all unions.

Thanks to their corrupt support of liberals, there are ten applicants for each one of their jobs.


4 posted on 02/10/2011 4:29:12 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: WOBBLY BOB

WTG!


5 posted on 02/10/2011 4:33:28 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: WOBBLY BOB

and the RATS, take another one in the.........HA ha!!!

6 posted on 02/10/2011 4:50:19 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

HOORAY Gov. Scott Walker!


7 posted on 02/10/2011 4:57:28 PM PST by PGalt
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Now if we can just get them to repeal the mandatory seat belt law and the WI fencing law plus admitting that they have no authority to regulate or prohibit concealed carry or any other constitutionally protected right.


8 posted on 02/10/2011 5:04:15 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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“”But unions and public unions are very strong in Wisconsin, but if he wants to take on that he’s going to lose a lot of the support that got him here in the first place,” Secunda said. “

Pull quote. I doubt the governor got a whole lot of support from the SEIU and NEA, regardless of what this particular illegal has to say.


9 posted on 02/10/2011 7:17:12 PM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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They should also ban public employee unions from making campaign contributions to any politician.


10 posted on 02/10/2011 7:54:50 PM PST by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: The Great RJ

I concur

How Public Unions Took Taxpayers Hostage

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703909904576052150177439350.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h

The fiscal burden of public-employee unions briefly became visible again in the early ‘80s, when many warned of a looming public-pension crisis. That crisis was averted by the stock market boom that began in 1982-83 and lasted until 2007-08. It is now back with a vengeance.

Restraining the immense clout that government-employee unions have accumulated over the past half-century will be difficult, but not impossible. Civil rights for African-Americans and women was a fulfillment of the universalist American promise as expressed in the Declaration of Independence. Collective bargaining by public employees was not rooted in deep-seated American tradition.

Instead, the decision to grant this privilege was a political decision designed to enhance the power of a pressure group whose interests, even many liberals assumed, would be at odds with those of the general public. Political decisions can be reversed.


11 posted on 02/10/2011 8:09:18 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: The Great RJ

I concur

How Public Unions Took Taxpayers Hostage

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703909904576052150177439350.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h

The fiscal burden of public-employee unions briefly became visible again in the early ‘80s, when many warned of a looming public-pension crisis. That crisis was averted by the stock market boom that began in 1982-83 and lasted until 2007-08. It is now back with a vengeance.

Restraining the immense clout that government-employee unions have accumulated over the past half-century will be difficult, but not impossible. Civil rights for African-Americans and women was a fulfillment of the universalist American promise as expressed in the Declaration of Independence. Collective bargaining by public employees was not rooted in deep-seated American tradition.

Instead, the decision to grant this privilege was a political decision designed to enhance the power of a pressure group whose interests, even many liberals assumed, would be at odds with those of the general public. Political decisions can be reversed.


12 posted on 02/10/2011 8:09:18 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: gorush
...WI fencing law...

Huh? Someones finally going to put up a fence to keep the FIBs out? Its about time...

13 posted on 02/10/2011 9:30:41 PM PST by gnarledmaw (Obama: Evincing a Design since 2009)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

John Kasich has pledged to reign in public unions in Ohio as well — and is in the process of doing so.


14 posted on 02/11/2011 5:58:32 AM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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