The editors at The Gray Lady don’t much care for the way Scooter is running Wisconsin as a division of Koch Industries and they let him know. They find it remarkable that, facing an unprecedent uprising against his administration, he carries water for Team War on Women.
The most recent [outrage] came last week, when he signed the repeal of a 2009 law allowing the victims of wage discrimination to pursue damages in state court, which is generally easier than filing a federal complaint. The principal reason for the original law was to narrow a significant gap in compensation between men and women. At the time the law was passed, women earned an average of 75 cents for every $1 men earned; by 2010, after the law was passed, the average for women had edged up to about 78 cents.
By closing off this important avenue to state courts to women, Mr. Walker was acceding to the lobbying demands of business groups, including hotel and restaurant trade groups that employ large numbers of women in low-paying jobs and do not wish their wage scale to be challenged in court. (He called it a “gravy train” for trial lawyers.) That’s the kind of thing he’s been doing since he took office in 2011, and it’s an important reason why he was warmly embraced during the Wisconsin presidential primary last month by Mitt Romney, who won that state.
With a poisonous viper for a governor, is it any wonder that Wisconsin lags so far behind the rest of the nation in recovery from the recession?
Scott Walker and the GOP: They Hate us for Our Freedom.
So tell me again how “It’s Working.”