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. Bob in Texas

    Why not let the unions run the state and fire the politicians Sounds like a dictatorship by the unions to me

    March 18, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Irwin M. Fletcher

    Wonderful news... Now Governor Walker can raise the state taxes, including property taxes to pay for everything the whining union members want...

    "Someday a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets." -travis bickle

    March 18, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Andrew Friet

    And furthermore, I don't believe any public sector employees should be have bargaining power. The federal government workers don't have that luxury and they are the largest employer in the United States

    March 18, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Mike Dodd

    I don't get those who think this is good news. Our state does not have the money to keep these gov benefits going. The unions pensions are crippling states all over. Unions are fine, but not in the public sector. They vote in the people who negotiate as part of collective bargaining. As a tax payer, I don't want "their guy" doing the negotiations.

    March 18, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Rusty Shackleford

    Hate to be the downer here, but sounds like to me the gov. is trying to balance the budget and the citizens of the state are crying because they aren't getting it their way. I hope the bill passes. I also hope the union dries up and goes away. It is 1/2 the reason the state is in the this trouble. What these people don't realize is that having a job is a privilege NOT a right. They seem to have forgotten that. I say FIRE them.

    March 18, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Loren, SF Bay Area, CA

    Sweet. I wonder what part of "unconstitutional" Herr Walker doesn't get.

    March 18, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Mike

    What a sham. So a minority of senators can flee the state like children to prevent a bill they don't like from passing, and the majority have no ability whatsoever to get anything done... even when the appropriations mesaures are removed. It's been fun watching college students and out of state union activists trying to confuse everybody into believe that public employee unions are the same thing as private unions, and that they aren't just an example of special interst groups conspiring with politicians to gain benefits in exchange for political support.

    March 18, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Brian Hayden

    Has the Gov. said that the Judge is a communist or socialist yet? The only reason he dislikes teachers is he knows they are better educated than he is.

    March 18, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. DefeatObama.com

    What a shame that taxpayers of Wisconsin get to incur yet more wasteful spending having to defend constitutional legislation because the public sector unions for some odd reason seem to be under the impression they are the law.

    March 18, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Ha

    So if they have to run through the vote again does this mean the Dems are going to flee the state again? This view of Democracy is shameful.

    March 18, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. CB

    Walker was voted in. Being a teacher I have no problem paying more for my future retirement. At least I have a job.
    I am embarrassed by all of the protests. Get back to work and if you don't like it vote them out next election.

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

    I don't know, something about living in a state where our professors wished they could have the paychecks of some middle-schoolers in that state just make me outright not care for the plight of their public service. They get payed more than well enough there.

    Besides, its not really an anti-union bill. Heck you could ban formal documentation of any sort of unions and if its a real issue workers can fight for it. If illegal unions could befell communism in Poland, legal unions with the right to demand membership of all employees and dues or be punished can do something about keeping worker conditions adequate.

    March 18, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  13. Seriously?

    Unions are what is screwing this country up, and for a judge to step in and halt this bill is ludicrous. How do you think you're going to get out of a deficit when you're public employees demand way too much in salary and benefits? I'll tell you how...you're not. Unions really need to be more flexible and more compromising if they want to stick around, instead of sucking local and state governments dry from the top down.

    March 18, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Drew

    Yes indeed! Let's recall every Democrat!
    The Republicans and the Governor are doing EXACTLY what I voted for. How is keeping unions rich helping the PEOPLE? I've suffered so many layoffs as the companies I worked for die in this economy. Lost my house and my cars. And you want me to have sympathy that the teachers might not get a raise this year?!? BS!

    March 18, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  15. MikeyZ

    When are people going to understand that they don't get something for nothing?

    Why do you bellyache over the measures taken in Wisconsin when you voted your legislators in on a platform to do whatever it takes to keep the state budget under control?

    When are people going to understand that union-backed demands for recompense have been wholly unreasonable for *years* now, and all they serve is to raise prices and undermine competition?

    Go ahead and kill the golden goose. And then ask people in Dearborn and Flint how that's working out for them.

    March 18, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Why does everyone think this is a great thing? This is a case of judicial over-reaching. The bill passed. The unions lost. Get over it already.

    March 18, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  17. Nostradamus

    "Activist Judge" accusations coming in 3... 2...

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

    Don't celebrate yet.

    Accept the deck is stacked against you and in the end, you're gonna lose.

    You're in the NEW U.S. of A. now. Those that HAVE, will continue to have, those of us who HAVE NOT, have already been HAD.

    Very very rich and powerful people want you to have NOTHING–accept that it's gone and move on.

    March 18, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  19. Rob

    "We the people"? WTF are you on? Spoiled under-performing union slugs given taxpayers money by corrupt Democrats for far too long. This judge's restraining order will be overturned by a higher court. You just can't issue a restraining order because you don't like something, but that's what lieberal judges do. It will go down in flames, just like these parasitic public worker unions.

    March 18, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. John

    "vited for this measure" Obviously a product of the Wisconsin public schools....fortunately the people will decide...not the unions.

    March 18, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  21. Newt

    This will be a short lived injunction. The judge is obviously in the pocket of the unions and there is no basis in lawfor it.

    The only recall will be for the gutless democrats that ran from their obligation as representatives. They are cowards.

    Unions exist solely for the purpose of enriching the pockets of union leadership through union dues and fees. Koolaid anyone?

    March 18, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. mabel floyd

    thank God someone has some intention of keeping the law for the people -not the bonus boys in the corporations. so many of the t-bags have been bought off and so many of the repubs have the bonus boys support that i was beginning to think we would have to dig up FDR to find a man who would stand up for the middle class while there was still a middle class left.
    god bless this judge and i hope the people will continue to stand up for their rights.

    March 18, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Middle Ground

    More proof that money speaks when votes don't. And yes, WE THE PEOPLE will win the war, and this person wants the bill PASSED! The minority doesn't win in this country regardless of how good they are at intimidation.

    March 18, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. johnRJ08

    This is a temporary fix of a long-term problem. As long as Walker is governor and has a Republican state senate, he's going to bull-doze the middle class in that state. These people have an agenda which has little to do with balancing budgets. I hope the recall movement picks up steam and that it spreads to Ohio and Michigan.

    March 18, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Angelo

    Horrible news; collective bargaining is not a right, but a privilege. There is no debating this fact. Everybody needs to absorb cost cutting measures, from the top all the way to the welfare recipients. It is not easy, but it is necessary.

    March 18, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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