Journal Sentinel: Madison — Gov. Scott Walker signed his bill Friday repealing most collective bargaining by public employee unions, dealing a blow to the labor movement that turned out massive demonstrations in an effort to kill the proposal.
The Republican governor signed the budget-repair bill privately in the morning and will hold a news conference later in the day to tout the signing and talk about the tumultuous past few weeks. Also Friday, Walker directed the Office of State Employment Relations to rescind layoff notices because the Legislature had passed the bill.
In a statement, Walker said jobs were saved by passing the bill, which solves part but not all of a budget shortfall.
"The Legislature helped us save 1,500 middle-class jobs by moving forward this week with the budget repair," his statement said. "The state will now be able to realize $30 million in savings to balance the budget and allow 1,500 state employees to keep their jobs. The reforms contained in this legislation, which require modest health care and pension contributions from all public employees, will help put Wisconsin on a path to fiscal sustainability." [MORE]Now that the collective bargaining parts of Walker's budget repair bill has passed, the question becomes what will the Democrats do about the fiscal parts of the bill. I imagine they are going to try to play retribution to gum up the works. That is just the way they roll.
With this victory under his belt, Scott Walker become the new tough guy in the Republican Party. As for Chris Christie I think this old Janet Jackson tune applies:
Via: Journal Sentinel