Just today, the state senators in Wisconsin discovered a way to pass the budget bill that will strip the public sector unions of their collective bargaining rights. They were able to pass it by stripping the bill 0f the financial language, only leaving stuff about the union that was the main cause for the departure of 14 state senate democrats. Making it possible to vote on it in the committee, and then in the state senate. Passing by a vote of 18 – 1.
And now the very ones who left the state to hold off the voting on this bill are racing back to the capital as the protesters have flocked back, extremely upset by these developments. Shouting their disapproval in the senate chambers and in the main rotunda.
I’m very sure that those 14 runaway senators are going to try and undo what the republican state senators have done. But it will be to no avail. The democrats did what they thought was best, and the republicans retaliated and found a way to pass it without needing their vote.
I surely hope that those senators will get what they deserve in the next election, by losing their seats. Because running for public office means you are going to be there for your constituents, even when it’s hard. You don’t just up and leave the state to hold off on the vote for a bill because you don’t approve of it. You debate it on the floor, work it out, not run away.
God willing things get better in Wisconsin with the passing of this bill. I wish the best of luck to Gov. Walker and his team.