Last night Republican Senators in the Wisconsin state senate followed the guidelines of the state constitution and stripped the collective bargaining provisions out of the budget repair bill, voted on it separately – and it passed. Collective bargaining is now limited in the state. Just now reports are breaking that GOP legislators are receiving death threats.
The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into one threatening email and several other threats from unnamed sources. Senator Jeff Fitzgerald said his office received two death threat emails Wednesday night, with the email address from at least one apparent.
The e-mail to Fitzgerald says he and his “Republican dictators” must die because of their actions “today and in the past couple of weeks,” presumably referring to GOP senators passing a bill removing most public employees’ collective bargaining rights.
Because collective bargaining is not a spending measure the the provision could be voted on by itself, and that’s what happened. After almost three week os not a single Democrat senator showing his/her hide inside the state they were elected to represent, Republicans took the alternate route and got the job done. The point to remember is, had Democrats been present to vote on Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, the end result would have been the same.
Just minutes ago Fox reported that Republican legislators have been blocked/locked out of the Senate chamber by protesters who are falling to the floor and going limp when police try to remove them from the area. Yesterday a similar report came from Ann Althouse. Althouse and her husband Meade have had “the” comprehensive reporting on the protests in Madison, Wisconsin. Yesterday Meade notified Ann that anti-Republican-government protesters are locking people inside the Capitol Building. The risk of fire makes it an especially hazordous situation.
Meade called back to say, some of the doors are handcuffed shut and some are wide open. “ANYBODY CAN GET IN AND ANYBODY CAN BRING ANYTHING IN. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO SECURITY WHATEVER.”
The only ‘no’ vote among Republicans, as was expected, came from Senator Dale Schultz. The process of stripping out collective bargaining from a budget bill could have been done on Day One of the Democrat defection. Read the details of that process here. Instead, the Governor wanted Democrats to have their right to oppose his legislation. They chose not too.
“The people of Wisconsin elected us to do a job,” Fitzgerald said. “They elected us to stand up to the broken status quo, stop the constant expansion of government, balance the budget, create jobs and improve the economy. The longer the Democrats keep up this childish stunt, the longer the majority can’t act on our agenda.”
Over 1500 layoffs were expected this week IF the budget repair bill was not passed. The senate action last night will avoid those layoffs.
Governor Walker’s persistence and determination to do the right thing has been awesome considering the union thuggery he and Republican lawmakers have faced. A few days ago a rumor was circulating that four Republicans were defecting. There was no confirmation of any Republican voting against the governor other than Dale Schultz. I suspected then, and suspect now, it was media trying to demoralize the conservative base. I cast my vote for Governor Scott Walker as Man-of-the-Year.
Memorandum has a comprehensive thread on Wisconsin and last night’s senate action. For more insight, read RedState concerning the “dues checkoff,” now illegal, that will be devastating to Union bosses and Democrat political donations.