Wisconsin judge blocks budget proposal
March 18th, 2011
12:41 PM ET
3 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. Duane - St.Pete FL

    what a joke....union's don't give a crap about "working people", they just want the money to keep rolling in. UNIONS SUCK.....and any red blooded man or woman with any skill would not worry about UNIONS doing their bidding for them, do it your self......UNIONS are for the lazy and uneducated.......and Dems running away from a legal vote, what cry babies. If the GOP would have done that when they wanted OBAMA CARE the Dems would have been beside themselves....but we don't do that, when we lose an election we FOLLOW THE RULE DEMOCRACY and show up for the vote. LIBERALS SUCK...............

    March 18, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  2. Jackie

    Yet another actavist judge. I would love to see his rationale.

    March 18, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. vtonione

    Honestly this guy should be impeached, stupid sob was tricked into saying all kinds of illegal stuff, wisconsin done fcked up electing any of these muttonheads

    March 18, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. PR

    Hopefully the law will get overturned as unconstitutional. Its a violation of labor laws. Then they can stick it up the governors ass.

    March 18, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. republican gone democrat

    A recall is underway!! Hope you enjoy your job, Walker, because come next Jan. 1st - your going to be out of one!!!

    March 18, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Geno

    I think our govt officials need to start trimming the fat off their pay checks so they can see how it feels.

    March 18, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. packerfan

    If the Feds can pass Obamacare, Wisconsin can pass this.

    March 18, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. JB

    They had to know this was going to court. How much more money is going to be wasted and how much deeper in debt does the state have to go because of poor judgement on the legislatures part.

    March 18, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. msacks

    I'm very pro-union on this issue, but what's the rationale of the restraining order? Is it a State/Federal constitutional issue? That's the only thing I can think of why there'd be a restraining order after the legislature passes a bill and it's signed.

    And, if there isn't, and this is a politically motivated restraining order, well, I applaud the sentiment but have to say it's misplaced. Nothing could undermine the public perception of this law, and the eventual re-Democratization of Wisconsin, then to have unlawful politics get in the way. The Democrats who left the state were doing a time-honored tradition of blocking legislation (as underhanded is it seems to some), but there was nothing illegal, unlawful, or violating procedure about it. This either needs to be explained from a law perspective, or could be a very poor decision by this judge.

    March 18, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. KM

    Things are getting interesting.

    March 18, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Name

    With all these salary cuts to the workers is the governer and the senators are they taking a pay cut also?

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

    Thats the best news I've heard all week!

    March 18, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Rush Bimbo

    Obviously that guy is on the union payoff list

    March 18, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Welcome to Reality

    Another activist judge. Thankfully there are many others that will overturn this poor decision. And I'll bet the judge is happy he does not need to balance the states budget as part of his job requirements. It's easy making his decisions when he's not responsible for the consequences (although I suppose we could take the other route and lay of 1,500 teachers).

    March 18, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Jason

    Checkmate.

    Bill gets blocked and the Republicans still get voted out over the next two elections.

    Damn, that hurts.

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

    Silly out of step Republicans, keep pushing for the top 2% wealthiest Americans and you all will see that the other 98% will fight back, and I don't particularly like unions but they are necessary. Now let the recall begin

    March 18, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. Bob

    The court is over reaching in this matter. I was in a union for 5 years. It was great. I did not have to perform any better than the weakest employee, I did not have to do any job that wasn't mine. This made life very easy for me but made the company I worked for so unproductive that they eventually went out of business. The union bosses had so much power that whenever management tried to reprimand me I could go to the union for protection and got it. Scott Walker is doing the right thing in Wisconsin. Public employees are employed by the people of the state and now earn more that private sector employees that pay a large portion of their wages through taxation of private sector wages. And if you are a republican working in the public sector much of your union dues goes to support democratic politicians, and you have no input regarding the candidates the union supports.

    March 18, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. aaron in MN

    Go big red!

    March 18, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. keith

    yes, great news. Now Wisconsin can go completely bankrupt and its clearly democrats fault.

    March 18, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. FrankMhere

    It will be interesting to see if it is upheld.

    March 18, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. AZ Resident

    GREAT news indeed. Time for all the Union Slackers to celebrate by taking the afternoon off with pay. Time to tax the you know what out of the rich and drive those business to a tax friendly state. You watch, in six-months these same people will be screaming at Walker................WHERE ARE THE JOBS. Suckers............

    March 18, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Brandon

    Well, Well, the judicial arm of the Wisconsin government issues a restraining order based on procedural issues that are determined by the Wisconsin congress. Not laws, mind you, but procedural rules.I do not see where she has jurisdiction. Regardless, since the Democrats have returned home, why not call for a new vote on the original bill and pass it into law. If the Democratic Senators flee the state again to prevent a vote then I guess the people of Wisconsin will know the integrity and responsibility of these people. Also, nice going CNN for the false headline "Judge blocks Wisconsin's anti-union bill " It's not an anti-union bill, it's a budget bill. Way to be professional and non biased.

    March 18, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. NoName

    Wisconsin has a constiutional law which states members of the legislature cannot be recalled unless they have been in their position for 1 year. As Governor Walker has only been in office Since January, 2011, he cannot be recalled until next year. Historically the voting memory of the public is VERY short term..... I hope Wisconsinites have a longer voting memory than is typical seen at the voting booth. I hope the people of this state will start recall measure on Jan3, 2012 for this governor. All the stuff going on regarding banning collective bargaining in Wisconsin by this governor and the party line voting legislture in that state should be a REALLY big eye opener to Americans; 1) to contend to take back THEIR government and 2) to understand that what a campaigner states his beliefs and values are on the campaign trail does not isolate the actions of that person from the ideaology of the party he/she aligns with. Ultimately, I think politicians really only care about getting elected then they align themsleves with the party line period! It sickens me.

    March 18, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  24. Ray

    We shall overcome

    March 18, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I have become accustomed to the republicans not following the law, so I am pleasantly surprised by this. By the time this goes into effect, there will be fewer republicans in the Wisconsin senate. Remember the playbook of Stalin and Hitler? Gov. Walker does.

    March 18, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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