This is why I’m glad Chris Larson, and not Jeff Plale, is my State Senator:
On Friday, Governor Scott Walker announced that he would be using the budget adjustment bill to reverse 50 years of Wisconsin history and go after worker rights. If passed, the balance in our society will again tilt to the powerful over the powerless. The ability to organize and get fair treatment are qualities that built our country. This is what the last generation fought for in the 60s and the 70s to make sure we all had a better life.
Rights that we have grown to take for granted will no longer be so reliable. Teachers, public defenders, and other workers will no longer be able to work as a group to negotiate anything besides wages. Republicans have already passed a “tort reform” law that makes it much harder to seek justice in Wisconsin. But this new move by Walker is much worse. It is an unprecedented attack on Wisconsin workers, their communities and our tradition of working with labor to move Wisconsin forward. What’s worse is that a good deal of the deficit he is purporting to fix was actually created by his own measures in the Special Interest Session these last 6 weeks.
To be clear, Walker is seeking to scapegoat unions as the cause of the fiscal crisis in an effort to divide the middle class against itself. This, while he is opening tax loopholes for the richest in the country.
No doubt Sen. Plale wouldn’t have taken such a strong stand in support of Wisconsin’s public employees.