MADISON (WKOW)--State Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona) responded to Gov. Scott Walker's statewide address Tuesday night.
Miller is among 14 Democrats who left the state last week to delay a vote on Walker's budget repair bill.
Miller spoke via satellite from Rockford, IL.
Read the full text of his statement:
Last week, the Governor introduced mini-budget legislation that requested increased contributions from state and local workers for their health care and pension benefits.
He also included a radical proposal to take the rights of public workers to bargain collectively.
When Republicans attempted to rush the bill through the legislature, Democrats and the people of Wisconsin took action to stop this attack on their rights.
The public outcry against the Governor's overreach as been unprecedented and inspiring.
Across the state people have come forward at rallies and public meetings and flooded legislative offices with phone calls and e-mails to oppose the Governor's plan to strip workers of their rights.
Democrats agree that it is the job of government to protect and expand rights, not take them away.
To help us balance our budget and move forward, public workers stepped up and agreed to provide the Governor with what he sought-increased contributions for health care and pensions.
All they have asked for in return is to maintain the rights they have had for over fifty years.
But to move forward we do not need to-and we should not have to-deny workers like nurses, educators and EMTs their rights in the workplace.
Throughout our history, as a state, Wisconsin has led the way on workplace issues, enacting the first workers compensation and unemployment insurance programs in the nation.
And we have always found a way to work together to do the people's business.
We can reach a reasonable compromise that delivers budget savings thanks to the concessions public workers have already agreed to make.
We can protect the rights of workers to have a say in their workplace.
The opportunity is before us. The time is now. Let's end this attack on worker's rights and move our state forward.