Don’t put those protest signs away just yet. Don’t think that you may not have to go to the Capitol and throughout the state quickly to join others to fight back against what the Koch Brothers want to do to destroy Wisconsin and think they can get away with it by the hands of Scott Walker and his Rubber Stamp Republicans. Some of these Republicans are facing Recall elections and may want to blow their wad before they lose their seats.
We may have the possibility of having to have huge crowds again come to the state Capitol and throughout the state sometime soon to protest the latest Fitzwalkerstan Antics to attack working families.
According to what the Fitzgerald Brothers leaked to AP, they are planning on inserting anti-collective bargaining rights into the budget via the Joint Finance Committee, perhaps as soon as early June:
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald both told The Associated Press that it would make the most sense for the committee to add the language into the budget before it comes up for debate before the full Legislature.
Scott Fitzgerald said voting again on the issue may attract protesters back to the Capitol, but it won’t change the votes of Republicans who supported the proposal before.
“It would be political suicide to switch your vote on that bill,” he said.
Walker’s proposal called for state workers to contribute more to their pension and health care costs, resulting in a savings to the state of $330 million through mid-2013, but also took away their right to collectively bargain over anything except base wages. Police and firefighters were exempt.
Scott Fitzgerald thinks it would be political suicide to vote AGAINST the new anti-Union legislation?
GOP leaders said Wednesday they may have to insert collective bargaining changes into the 2011-13 budget as the state Supreme Court considers whether to take up a case involving the controversial bill.
The Supreme Court has ordered oral arguments for June 6 regarding whether the court should take jurisdiction in the case brought by Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne. The DA has alleged an open meetings violation in the passage of the bill containing sweeping changes to the collective bargaining rights of public employees.
Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi put a restraining order on the bill until she can rule on whether the state open meetings law was violated, and the state is asking the Supreme Court to lift the restraining order.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau (left), told The Associated Press earlier Wednesday that the bargaining changes should be inserted into the budget by the Joint Finance Committee if the court doesn’t resolve the matter by early June.
Other Republicans have raised the possibility but not said it should happen by a certain date.