After roughly three weeks out of the state in an effort to stall Gov. Scott Walker's "budget repair bill," the 14 Democratic state senators plan to attend a rally this weekend in Madison to thank protesters.More >>
MADISON (WKOW)-- After a month of protests and intense deliberation following the Senate Democrats' departure to Illinois, Governor Scott Walker signed the revised budget repair bill into law Friday.
Republican Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald says the revised bill prevents massive layoffs at the local level and steep tax increases throughout the state. Fifteen-hundred pink slips that would have been given out because of the Democrats' opposition will be torn up with the signing of the law, according to Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald released the following statement Friday morning.
"Republicans are taking the first step today toward fixing a truly broken system and creating 250,000 jobs.
"We came into office promising to help the economy and create jobs. This budget repair bill prevents 1,500 real layoffs, and countless more at the local level over the next few years.
"There are still real people suffering in this economy, even though the labor unions' bullhorn has drowned them out in the past few weeks. But behind the chants and the chaos, there are still hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites who are out of work, struggling to make ends meet, and anxious about next week and next month. Too many people can't find a job, much less one they can skip out of for a three-week vacation to Illinois whenever they feel like it.
"It shouldn't have taken two years for the recession to finally affect the government, but the public sector is finally sharing in the pain, albeit with modest concessions.
"Wisconsin Republicans are doing something you never hear about in politics: we're taking on a broken system and actually winning. We're balancing the budget, keeping our campaign promises, and sending the message loud and clear that Wisconsin is Open for Business."
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