Fed up with the Democrats’ no-show tactics, Walker on Wednesday night used a perfectly legal parliamentary maneuver to get a vote — treating the measure as a stand-alone bill — and won. On Thursday, the bill passed the state Assembly by 53-42.
Walker did it, as he wrote in the Wall Street Journal, for the “countless taxpayers who want us to balance our budgets and, more importantly, to make government work for each of them.” To which we say, Amen.
But he really had no choice. Without change, the Badger State’s overall spending was forecast to surge 44% from 2010 to 2013. In that scenario, the state’s $3.6 billion deficit would only grow — putting job-challenged Wisconsin on an unsustainable path to bankruptcy.
Despite the Left’s flapping that Walker somehow pulled an illegal move this was not the case. The irony is not lost that these are the people who seemed perfectly fine with Louise Slaughter’s proposal that they could merely deem the health care bill to have passed.
Mark Belling of WISN provides more insight into the public unions and collective barganing:
In 2010, Megan Sampson was named an Outstanding First Year Teacher in Wisconsin. A week later, she got a layoff notice from the Milwaukee Public Schools. Why would one of the best new teachers in the state be one of the first let go? Because her collective-bargaining contract requires staffing decisions to be made based on seniority.
Most states in the country are facing a major budget deficit. Many are cutting billions of dollars of aid to schools and local governments. These cuts lead to massive layoffs or increases in property taxes—or both.
In Wisconsin, we have a better approach to tackling our $3.6 billion deficit. We are reforming the way government works, as well as balancing our budget. Our reform plan gives state and local governments the tools to balance the budget through reasonable benefit contributions. In total, our budget-repair bill saves local governments almost $1.5 billion, outweighing the reductions in state aid in our budget.