policy

Why Are Cities Rushing Into Union Contracts?

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 […]

Impartial Justice Law Likely to Die

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.

Tax Cuts Play No Role in Upcoming Budget Cuts in Wisconsin

Today Governor Walker releases his two-year budget for Wisconsin. It’s not going to be pretty folks. But hard decisions rarely are. Wisconsin faces a 3.6 billion dollar shortfall. That debt isn’t going to magically go away, and because the Wisconsin Constitution requires a balanced budget, Governor Walker is in the middle of the proverbial rock and […]

Over One Billion Expected to be Cut From School and Local Budgets

Tomorrow Gov. Scott Walker will release his two-year budget for the state.  According to the governor, it will include over one billion dollars in cuts to schools and local governments.  Most of the cuts are expected to be related to schools.  Gov. Walker confirmed that the $900 million dollars in cuts to the general school aid […]

Senate Only Able to Give Preliminary OK to Budget Repair Bill

Hours after days long debate on the budget repair bill ended with the Assembly voting for the bill, the Senate took up the issue.  With all 14 Democrats still AWOL there wasn’t much debate on the bill, but there was no way it could pass and be sent to Governor Walker without at least one […]

71 Percent of Wisconsin Residents Think Budget Repair Bill is Fair

Most Wisconsinites believe that Governor Walker’s proposed budget changes that include unions to pay 5.8% of their salary toward the cost of their pensions plans and double their contributions for health care premiums to 12.6% are fair, according to a new poll sponsored by WisconsinReporter.com. The poll which was conducted on February 21, 2011 of […]

Details of Recent Union Contracts in Wisconsin Emerge

Wisconsin is at the forefront of the debate over public employee unions nationwide. A review of recent union contracts with the state clearly shows the sweet deal public employees enjoy through their collective bargaining process. Just this week the city of Wisconsin Dells completed contract negotiations with AFSCME, approving three-year contracts for two union locals. […]

Could Voter ID Bill Lure Badger 14 Back?

Democrats oppose voter ID reform.  Now the question is just how important of an issue is this to them?  Republicans are taking the Voter ID bill to the senate floor on Thursday.  Without the missing 14 Democratic senators, the bill is sure to pass.  How far is the Badger 14 willing to take this?  As elected […]