State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) said today that Governor Walker'sproposal to strip almost all rights of public employees to collectively bargain is nothing more than union busting and an unconscionable abuse of power.More >>
In response to Gov. Walker's proposed budget repair bill, Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald says, "Governor Walker is asking nothing more from state employees than what the rest of Wisconsin families have been doing already, tightening their belts and sharing some of the burden." More >>
MADISON (WKOW) -- State lawmakers are reacting to Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill. The bill calls for massive changes to the collective bargaining rights for state workers.
Rep. Robin Vos, a Republican from Rochester, released the following statement:
"The days of spending more money than we have is over. It is time to make the difficult decisions. Simply, we need to pay our bills for this budget cycle before we can map out the spending plan for the next one."
"The gimmicks, accounting tricks and tax increases from the former administration have only dug us deeper into debt. We now have to go about reducing the deficit the old fashioned way: cut spending."
"Every single public employee has a valued job, no question, but everyone, from major employers to small businesses, is being asked to do more with less. State governments around the country are no different. I believe it's a reasonable expectation to ask public employees to contribute more to their pensions and health care, comparable to the private sector."
"This budget repair bill will give local communities the necessary tools to help them balance their own budgets while giving public employees the freedom they deserve."
"I support Governor Walker's proposed budget repair bill and look forward to working with lawmakers to get it passed."
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