For almost a month now, the Wisconsin legislature has been kept from carrying on the peoples business because of the fourteen fugitive Democratic senators residing in Illinois. For weeks, the excuse from the fugitive fourteen was that the people needed more time to understand what exactly was in the Budget Repair Bill. But in the […]
On Monday night, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner accompanied Senator Leah Vukmir to a Wawatosa town hall meeting to discuss the Budget Repair Bill and the new budget with constituents. The meeting was forced to a premature adjournment due to constant interruptions and shouts while Vukmir was speaking. This through the crowd into a frenzy. It is […]
Last week, Media Trackers explained how many local communities across the state were imprudently rushing through labor contracts and failed to utilize the tools provided by the yet-to-be-passed Budget Repair Bill. In the case of Madison, Mayor Dave Ciezlewicz and the Madison Common Council rammed through twelve labor contracts in one night in order […]
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.
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