On February 17, Madison Mayor Dave Ciezlewicz and the Madison Common Council voted to approve the extension of twelve labor contracts through 2012 in an emergency session. The process of approving labor contracts often takes days or weeks, but both Mayor Ceizlewicz and the Common Council agreed on the importance ensuring that all employees can […]
PolitiFact recently concluded that Governor Scott Walker’s statement that Wisconsin is broke is false. The state is $3.6 billion dollars in debt, but is it broke?
By now anyone paying attention knows that Wisconsin is 3.6 billion dollars in the hole. What the average person may not know is that 20 percent of the state’s budget goes to fund Medicaid. That’s a huge chunk of change and a huge contributor to the state’s fiscal nightmare. And right now the funding for […]
Want to really easily understand the cost of public employee unions and the fiscal crisis facing Wisconsin? Check out these fast facts.
In today’s Wall Street Journal Peggy Noonan offers an interesting perspective on how public unions have the wrong PR strategy and haven’t realized that perception in America has shifted. Read her article here.
Reports are out that protesters have stormed past police to enter the capital as it was being closed Thursday at 6 PM. The capital was being closed on the order of Dane County Circuit Court Judge John Albert. Early reports from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel describe potential police collusion as a demonstrator claimed a policeman […]
As the budget stalemate enters its third week, a new trend has emerged among municipalities across Wisconsin: rush through union contracts. Across the state, unions and local officials are meeting to negotiate contracts in Racine, Waukesha, Janesville, and elsewhere. Negotiators are quoted as saying this is all in good faith and as one Waukesha school […]
This year the race for the Supreme Court is the first judicial contest in the country to use public financing. And it might be the last in Wisconsin. The budget Gov. Scott Walker proposed on Tuesday would effectively render the Impartial Justice Law ineffective.
Private citizen sues senator 3-2-11
A power to the people, David vs. Goliath battle just erupted from the Wisconsin budget war. Private citizen Kevin Barthel of Lakewood is like many citizens who are angry that the 14 AWOL Democrat senators are not doing their job. But unlike most people, Barthel is doing something about it.