The “Wisconsin 14” – the 14 Democratic State Senators who fled Wisconsin in order to slow down passage of the budget “repair” bill proposed by Gov. Scott Walker and supported by legislative Republicans – still haven’t returned to Wisconsin, but according to Democratic State Senator Julie Lassa, an agreement could soon be reached between the 14 Democratic State Senators and some of their Republican counterparts:
Lassa said Friday that she and fellow Senate Democrats recently have been in discussions with Senate Republicans who also have concerns with elements of the bill, and stated those discussions soon could lead to an agreement.
“We have had some good developments. The lines of communication are clearly open. We have told Senate Republicans that if they strip out some of the policy items, such as the collective bargaining (item) and the changes to SeniorCare and BadgerCare … we could be there within hours,” she said. “Things are at a really critical point in time, and I am really hopeful that we will have a breakthrough within the next few days.”
While this is certainly an encouraging development, I’ll believe that there’s a compromise between Democrats and Republicans when I see it.