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Wis. governor rejects union compromise

Published: Tue, February 22, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.



Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks to the media Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., in response to 14 state Senators leaving the state to block his bill that would eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers.

Associated Press


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker again rejected a proposed compromise Monday to end a political stalemate over collective-bargaining rights that led to 14 Senate Democrats’ skipping town and motivated tens of thousands of people to march on the Capitol in protest for more than a week.

Walker said Monday afternoon he wasn’t interested in compromises that have been floated by public- employee unions and even a Republican state senator. He spoke inside his heavily guarded conference room in the Capitol as thousands of people screamed and stomped outside his office to “Recall Walker!”

Walker reiterated his longstanding position that his proposal is about balancing Wisconsin’s budget and not busting the unions. He called one of the proposed compromises a “nonstarter.”

“For those 14 Senate Democrats, you’ve had your time,” Walker said. “Now it’s time to come home.”

With no resolution imminent, Senate Republicans were resigned Monday to forge ahead with less- controversial business such as tax breaks for dairy farmers and commending the Green Bay Packers on winning the Super Bowl.

As the standoff entered its second week, none of the major players offered any signs of backing down in a high-stakes game of political chicken that has riveted the nation and led to ongoing public protests that drew a high of 68,000 people Saturday.

Thousands more braved cold winds and temperatures in the 20s to march again Monday.


1retiredfella(31 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Let the politicians lead by example. Lay-off 1/3 of all state and federal congressman and senators. They will be able to collect unemployment from their state with no other perks or benefits from their office. The remaining state and federal congressmen and senators and staff will cut their pay by 1/2 with no perks and only the hospitalization voted for the American people. Upon retirement from office the state and federal, congressmen and senators will receive only SS and Medicare like the American people with no other perks or benefits from their office. 4th All governors with their cabinets will cut their pay by 1/2 with no perks or benefits. Lead by example show us this is an emergency and you are willing to help. Just like all politicians my way or no way, just tax breaks and bonuses for their friends.

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2redvert(2162 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

So PO, why not become a republican, become a buddy and then you can become rich too. See, there is always a positive side if you just stop and think about it... That is how regular pubs become rich pubs. No charge for this bit of info.

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