Wisconsin judge blocks budget proposal
March 18th, 2011
12:41 PM ET
4 years ago

Wisconsin judge blocks budget proposal

(CNN) – A Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday, halting the Wisconsin budget repair bill from becoming law, the Dane County District Attorney's office said. The proposal in part limits collective bargaining rights of union members and has been the subject of fierce protests in the state.


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  1. HorkusMac

    ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R. speaks how WE THE PEOPLE "will win the war," but forgets that WE THE PEOPLE elected Walker back in November. I guess that didn't count....

    More liberal picking and choosing....

    Sincerely,
    Another Independent soured by Liberal Whining

    March 18, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. clarificatio

    Hey YOU THE PEOPLE–How are you going to win the war if you are in the minority? Do you not read the news? Most people want the unions gone. Most people do not benefit by nor have any allegiance to unions nor do they believe that a small number of people should be so entitled to what they are not. So hopefully the judges in WI are elected and this one will be voted out. Simple math–majority rules.

    March 18, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. ri hard

    Freedom to assemble is protected. Sure, you can introduce any law that you want to appear responsible and or popular but at the end of the day if it isn't constitutonal you are perceived as being a scheizter or an anti-constitutional tyrannt wannabe.

    March 18, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. oldsaxman

    This is great news. Of course it will probably go to a higher court. We'll have to see what happens but, for now, there's some semblance of hope.

    March 18, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. a_human

    Good. Now it's time to drive all those feet licking pets of the riches a.d coorporates, republicans to be kicked out of the public offices. Public enemies don't diser ve public offices.

    March 18, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. PaulG

    TERRIBLE NEWS! Public unions MUST be reined in. Take the emotion out of it people and come down to reality. Workers must pay more for their pensions and benefits – period!

    A KFI local talk show host said this morning here plenty of California State workers effectively become millionaires as it would take MILLIONS to be able to pay yearly the dividends needed for the retirement they receive in this economy. I belong to a private entertainment industry union which is subject to private industry economies and restrictions. With government there practically ARE no restrictions and plenty of pandering Democratic politicians willing to sell out our economy for votes. Then never later be held accountable for their irresponsible actions.

    So WAKE UP! It's about reason and common sense, not emotion or freaking racism, the cheap and idiotic non sequitur every liberal uses at some point when they are losing the argument. I am neither Democrat or Republican (thank God) but a reasonable Centrist but God knows people are no longer reasonable these days. And my Dad and sister both were government employees collecting pensions. In fact my retired sister is a Federal Mediator (double dipping with other government jobs) making a whopping 80% of her high government salary. A fact I'm not proud of.

    March 18, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. FE

    I am so happy for the people of Wisconsin with this ruling by the Judge. I can not stand the arrogance of these demented republican do what I say mentality. Shame on dictator Ghadaffi Walker.

    March 18, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. screech99

    If the worthless democrats will be in town, then the legislature will pass it again.

    March 18, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Norm

    Sad. Unions are bankrupting the state and the country in general, but you sheep just don't see it. All you care about is yourself.

    March 18, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Commom Sense

    would someone tell me the last time a "union" created work. all a union does it use its brute "bullying" force to get its way, protects the "deadbeats" from being fired and does not provide a path for the promotion of the "good" workers. the union concept of all for 1 and 1 for all should be reviewed. enough said.
    Let's go hide behind Chrysler and have a "brew" or 2

    March 18, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Name

    Terrible news

    March 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Hacksaw911

    Let me guess, you are all public employees who feel they are entitled to pay less and receive more? Less for insurance, less for retirement, hell why not less taxes as well?Go ahead and retire after 20 years and be a burden on the rest of who have to work until we're 70!

    March 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Scott F

    The current brand of bought and paid for corporate bully governors and Congressman are out of control. This is the way it really is folks at the top of bIg Banks and Multiinational Corporations. The people at most levels who work for these criminals are good folks. It is the elite senior management and Boards who are trying to systematically destroy middle america. They are beginning by eliminating any competition. That is why they are destroying collecive bargaining, education, public broadcasting, and cramming their religious and social beliefs down our throats, not to mention with the help of the Supreme Court the buying and selling of our election process.. They preach small government but if you look at what their Governors are doing it is CONTROL over all spending. These people are fighting to keep their wealth at the expense of all of us. Why do you think they want to cripple public information and education? The reason is simple: An educated public would see through the Bullshit and they know it. Stop listening to the red herrings of gay bashing, abortion, fanatical religious concepts, hate and fear and look at the real problems that face this country. Let's start by LISTENING and getting rid of the MY Way or the Highway wasted rhetoric that is an insult to anyone with an IQ over 12. WAKE UP PEOPLE..

    March 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. T. Cook

    If this gets repealed because it is inconstitutional, can we recall Dictator Obama because of the unconstitutional Healthcare law that he is pushing down our throats? Or do unconstitutional laws only apply to republican candidates?

    Unions do nothing for anyone except union staffers who get paid, while the working man works his arse off, and pays dues to them for doing what exactly on a daily basis? aaaahhhhh let me see help teachers in Wisconsin committ fraud with Doctors for time off to be paid with Wisconsin tax payers dollars?!?!? that money does not just belong to union members, but all people paying taxes! Oh Yeah, that was hard to miss!

    Wake Up America before it is to late for this Country...

    March 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. rolf in Wisconsin

    Judges with legislative wet dreams.

    March 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. lstro

    Finally someone with the authority to stop a wrong. It's just the beginning but ultimately we must use our votes to undue the mistakes made during the 2010 election. You voted these fools in office believing their lies of jobs, jobs, jobs, now it's time to work on repairing the damage done. Vote Democrate at every opportunity.

    March 18, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Guest

    On what constitutional basis is this judge restricting the law? I'm asking because I genuinely don't know, not to be snarky. I understand folks don't agree on the merit of this, but I'm curious what the judge's reason is.

    March 18, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Don Stack

    Bet Walker is going to try to have the judge arrested now to

    March 18, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Name Patrick McNair

    There is justice in this country I Love You America may you continue to stand strong America for all hard working men and women and their familys and there dignity yes and their RIGHTS

    March 18, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. ron

    Democrates have got one of their far left judges to block a legal law for now. they really dont want to lose that public union money (tax payer money),votes,support. could care less about the state or the 5 million not in this union.

    March 18, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. ShiWms PhzAZ

    This is great news. Kudos to all the ppl n WI and Ed Schultz who never gave up on this good fight!

    March 18, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. MAC

    Wisconsin, START THE LAYOFFS! The democrats want to bankrupt the state by raising taxes to drive business out of the state. I'm sorry Wisconsin but cheese is not going to make the state rich.

    March 18, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. dave

    Why should these union workers have salaries and bennies and barganing rights that are far superior to the majority of people with regular jobs? What makes them so special, besides the millions in $$ that they stuff into polititians pockets? Why do people think this bill is anti woker, rather than anti-people deciding on their own pay and benefits? Its obviously not fair.

    March 18, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. Nameleon

    Great! !! Now recall all of them!!!

    March 18, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Melwid

    The only people who shriek more loudly than govt. workers getting a benefits cut, are unionized govt. workers getting a benefits cut. Come on people. I got my 10% pay cut and zero bonus during the downturn. Public employees are not better or more valueable than me.

    March 18, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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