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. cf

    Best news I've heard all week.

    March 18, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. dave

    This reminds me of ignorant people saying that if you demand govt spending cuts then you MUST be ANTI POLICE ANTI FIREMAN AND TEACHER!!! uh, no, more like anti REdonkulouse govt spending. Theres a million places to cut, why the focus on cops etc...

    March 18, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Bob

    The union just wants to keep there hand in the working mans pocket. I don't want my grand kids to pay to support smeone when they don't have the same benifits. We could be paying tax dollars for years to support a union person. why should anyone collect a pay after they retireand produce nothing for that pay. think about it just pay them ten times as much now because inthe long run thats what it will cost. It's all about greed.

    March 18, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Nasreen Masood

    I don't understand why America is going backward regarding labour rights. The collective bargaining rights was attained by years of labour movement all over the continents, now showing arrogance will only show the world that the capitalist society is against the basic rights of people.

    Americans are always afraid that terrorist will destroy them, but it might me the moral decay that will finally kill this nation both socially and politically.

    March 18, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Hoofleau

    Unions are for the weak that can't fend for themselves during their working careers so they have to have a strong arm to negotiate for them. Unions are keeping America from being competitive with the rest of the world markets. There are millions of American workers out there making it on their own without the help of unions.. Oh I know, the world owes you a living.

    March 18, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Rafael

    Happy to know I do not live in a state that wants to go bankrupt and takes taxpayers money for unions workers to keep these liberals in power. The Republic of Wisconsin! Has anybody denounced the rethoric in Wisconsin by liberals and progressive? Oh! but if it was the Tea Party they would be racist. Here comes a judge again to legislate from the bench! We are screwd as a nation! NO HOPE!

    March 18, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Name gua volcy

    Uh !!! They need to stop looking for terrorist in. The mittle est...because they right here ...dictator walker and co.

    March 18, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. randy

    You the people will just end up paying hire taxes, losing services, or a number of other things. Lose/lose. Times are tough. Bear down and deal with it you bunch of whiners.

    March 18, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Terry

    NOW move on every GOP who has made a move to undo unions.

    March 18, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Cool...Wisconsin can go broke...and the union can survive...you guys are so smart

    March 18, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Watch, the Koch brothers will try to buy the judge.

    March 18, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. Tomi T.

    Since my 2010 move from Washington (Seattle), my experience in Wisconsin has been far from painting rocks or folding coins! :)

    March 18, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. jonathan

    Don't public school teachers only have to work 10 months out of the year? Don't they get all holidays and weekends off along with 2 months summer and winter break? Don't they get sick pay & vacation pay? Don't they start off at 30-35k salary? Do they not have a tax payer funded pension and retirement plan? And all they have to do is teach a test and out of a book? Do we not (US) rank around 30th in education? And because of that, should they not be paid based on teaching performance? Its not like they're university or private schools who actually teach and discipline students. Most americans are lucky to get 2 weeks off let alone collective bargaining rights? Most people don't have bargaining rights or all those union benefits. On top of all this they are paid to protest? This is not about the kids, or their education; this is not about not have enough books or poor public school teaching performance, this is all about union pay which comes from tax money? and the unions don't want to contribute more to their pensions? Get back to work and teach. There's plenty of out of work college graduates who'd take 30k starting with or without all those union deals. If you don't like your job quit. Get rid of unions and bad workers, pay based on performance, limit campaign contributions, democrats and republicans are just as bad as each other; they both have their lobbyist and special interest. Vote for the candidate not the party.

    March 18, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    The move is more of dictatorship, than of budget. The desire to eliminate collective bargaining, in its entirety, to benefit business......so that business can return to the abuses of the past, with employees.

    March 18, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Wilson

    Just a rock the road to drive over and a district attorney to fund an election against.

    March 18, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  16. Johnny

    Idiots. Unions will bring everyone down.

    March 18, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  17. michaelam

    Checks and Balances! Democracy at work.....of course, the Teahadists will label the judge a "liberal activist" but at this point, who cares?! Every judge, according to the GOP/Teahadists, that follows the Rule of Law is practicing judicial activism and legislating from the bench! No, she did her job and blocked a law that was enacted illegally! Score one for the People!

    March 18, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. martine

    One for the people. Walker and all his followers who voted for this bill are so gone.

    March 18, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. gt

    good for all those goverment workers...as my dad said... two a standing ... two a hoeing ...two a coming ... two a going... thats what the tax payers get for there dolllar ...

    March 18, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. The Other Dale

    No doubt we'll hear from people gasping in horror at this "runaway judge," but perhaps a moment of clarity will make them realize that what occurred was not only flat-out wrong, but violated proper conduct in getting this past. They easily could have won this one with just a little bit of negotiation, but instead they tried to please the boneheads in the Tea Party and in doing so have made themselves out to be the bad guys with no way of winning this in the hearts and minds of the American people. They blew it and they know it.

    March 18, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. larry fisher

    What tickles me is that the majority f you whiners voted for him because you want fiscal responsibility and an end to social programs. You got what you asked for!

    March 18, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. USA1

    Fools, A union is nothing more than a Democratic slush fund. I work for a union and I wish they would all dissolve.

    March 18, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Tomi T.

    Sorry, but did I mention the "rock painting part"? Just checking... On a serious note, I do notice my neighbors walking their dogs today with a smile!

    March 18, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. mobrule

    the long arm of obama

    March 18, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. The unsub

    Keep Hope Alive!

    March 18, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
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