Wisconsin judge blocks budget proposal
March 18th, 2011
12:41 PM ET
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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. rebelsix

    HOPE is alive? WONDERFUL? The court intervening AGAIN in what is a legislative item? There is NO MENTION as to why the court intervened. The article does not quote what constitutional violation occurred with this law. For the court to step in there MUST be a constitutional violation or the court is openly MAKING LAW FROM THE BENCH. Whether we agree or disagree with the law at issue, the bigger point is the violation of roles the court is taking on. There is supposed to be a separation of power. The President/Gov; The Legislative; and the Court. The Legislative branch makes the law. The Pres/Gov approves/disapproves the law. Th Court ensures the law is not unconstitutional. For the court to put a halt in place an not give a constitutional reason is wrong. They are over stepping their power.

    March 18, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. tommy850

    It's a great day in Wisconsin !
    But don't be surprized if Scott and Scott have some other sneaky, mean spirited, underhanded (possibly illegal) scheme ready to go.

    March 18, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. grif99999

    There is a conflict of interest with government unions. It will stand up to court scrutiny.

    March 18, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. Namejust a guy

    On what grounds? Sounds like partisan BS to me. I'm not sure that bill was a good idea, but I don't see how it could be construed as unconstitutional

    March 18, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Tony

    Let au all crush the tea partiers recall all of them around the country corperate racist stooges. hooray for Wisconsin I hope you all learn your lesson when you vote do not let anger cloud your judgement, you put the same fox that stole all the eggs from the hen house to guard the hen house a second time that was very stupid.

    March 18, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Chad

    You liberals would give your first born if Obama siad it would be a good idea. Can't you see that it's the unions that has gotten the U.S. in the shape it's in today. Pull your heads out of your a$$ and wake up.

    March 18, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. gobrewersgo

    ...and for any conservatives fixing to scream about liberal judges, Judge Sumi was an appointee of GOP governor Tommy Thompson.

    March 18, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    AWESOME!!! Hats off to the protesters for standing firm.
    You Wisconsinites have your work cut out for you with your new Guv. Walker is nothing but a Koch employee out to do their bidding people's will be damned. Recall the stooge, and regain your democracy.

    March 18, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. LEE

    Hope...to see the "People" drive the state they live in to bankruptcy. LOL!!! So quick to take when times are good and then when a sacrifice is asked of them, all they can do is cry foul.

    March 18, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Joe

    Finally! Someone with some common sense. I don't think you would find anyone who believes that spending cuts are not in order, but Gov. Walkers approach is ridiculous.

    March 18, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. Bruce

    So thankful that there are people who will examine the high handiness of the governor. Recall needs to be successful.

    March 18, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. Bill

    And the basis of this decision was...what?

    March 18, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Dave

    You all in Wisconsin have the right to settle Wisconsin affairs. The issue here is not union busting. But to FORCE someone to join a union, FORCE them to pay dues, then use that money to support politics that one does not agree with should never have been put into play in the first place. Here in Georgia I would be going through the roof if I knew I had to give up money to support Obama and his crowd. A last word – when I think of unions, I think of U.S. steel mills.

    March 18, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. Name ken

    Maybe middle class Americans will not
    have their rights violated by the runaway
    Republican Party. The Republicans didn't
    receive a mandate to dissolve the
    Middle Class.

    March 18, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Richard T.

    Gee whiz... Who woluld have thought that Rethugnicans falsely saying the union busting/ ending collective bargining was a budget issue and then creating legislation saying it was not? Holding conference committee on the new revised "face saving and unpopular" modified legislation without publication of the changes but only saying that it took stuff out. Holding the conference committee when there was no rule allowing votes for a bill that never passed thier Senate was the rethugnican dictate. They denounce the democrat walkout but think that the US Senates record breaking Rethugnican fillabusters was ok. Oh and the need for a $121,000,000 dollar tax break for corporation then saying there is a $136,000,000 budget shorthfall. Bullies of the Rethugnican persussion, and come next January lead bully Governor Walker, deserve to be recalled.

    March 18, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. floridadave

    I am so proud of Wisconsin, its citizens, its integrity, its courts, and its concern for the common man.

    March 18, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. 911mom

    Finally, someone with some common sense. Fight on Wisconsin employees. We in Minnesota stand with you.

    March 18, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Pickeroon

    Does that mean Snotty and his pals may have to give back the payola they recieved in washington this week?

    March 18, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Andrew Friet

    And who, my friends, is going to be paying for all the extras that the unions keep bargaining for?

    March 18, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. jay

    How are "we the people" going to pay for the government excesses when the state is broke?
    Are you signing up to kick in a little extra?

    March 18, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. drc

    Oh please, if the 14 Dems didn't NOT do their job and vote we wouldn't need this nonsense. Hey Governor, send out the layoff notices and be DONE with it. Public unions are a joke and should be removed from civil society...BYE BYE.

    March 18, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Bc000469

    So much for democracy! No wonder people are upset in this country!

    March 18, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. NC_Matt

    Wisconsin just proves we are in a post-democratic era in this country. I find the democrats’ behavior appalling. To think a legislator would up and run to thwart the process is beyond belief. If Walker and his ideas are so rotten, he and the Republicans will be thrown out in due time. Also, there's no 'right' to collective bargaining people!! It was granted by pro-union types; it can be taken away. Sorry you must face the real world everyone else has to live in.

    March 18, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. Mark

    The liberal judges measure has no merit.

    How many liberal activist judge's just got thrown out during the mid terms?

    March 18, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. hubien

    Thanks be to God, He still have someone to look out for his people that being demonized by Hate filled GOPs.

    March 18, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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