Wisconsin's governor laid down the law...he is not going to budge. He will not bend on his budget, on eliminating collective bargaining and his budget will become the law of the state. He says that if Democrats do not come back than local governments will suffer as a result of their actions and the state will be devastated.
On a percentage basis the deficit in Wisconsin is among the lower negatives in the nation, and the total is only one third of the deficit that a much smaller state, Nevada faces. There is no financial evidence that the claimed savings of taking away collective bargaining will make a difference. The savings are projections made by Republican politicians and accountants, with equally as solid projections showing no real savings coming from Democrats and politicians.
The pay for public sector employees is not high, it is in line with the private sector in Wisconsin.
The only thing gained with the governors budget, is a nail in the coffin of Tea Party and Republicans arch nemesis, workers and employee supported unions, a goal set as far back as the 1930's by Republicans and the very well financed National Right To Work Foundation.
So there is no compromise on the table,
Basically Wisconsin Republicans have drawn a line in the sand and insisted that "it is our way or the high way".
No short term experiment, limited time agreement, wages or working condition compromises or alternative budget concepts or ideas. It's the governor's budget or no budget...
That is the stand of Wisconsin's governor, and it is not changing.
Who is being reasonable in this scenario?
60% of Americans, according to a poll released today, favor the unions in their battle to retain collective bargaining rights for public employees in Wisconsin. 33%, or about one in three, support Governor Walker on this issue. National Republican registration sits at 30% of voters. The support for unions extends to those who say they do not like unions, but do not think that removing collective bargaining rights legislatively in the name of budget is a fair, honest or the right things to do.
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