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. Rob

    The ole liberal standby....sue. Sooner or later the unions will suck the kitty dry and then what?

    March 18, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. vet in texas

    "ha ha" – Nelson from the Simpsons

    March 18, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Great news. There are more effective ways of fighting deficits and reducing Government spending than union bashing and scapegoating!

    March 18, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Jerry

    Woop dee doo. Temporary restraining order – like that is gonna do anything more than sell a few newspapers so to speak. Unions need to go. All they do is line the pockets of corrupt union officials and corrupt politicians while unjustifiably milking employers dry. The industrail revolution is ancient history. Unions are unnecessary in this day and age. The protesters unnecessarily caused $8 millionof damage to the state capitol – obviously they do not care that the state is gonna go bankrupt. And where is this We the People crap coming from. In the case of Wisconsin, it's We the People a.k.a. taxpayers who are being robbed blind by the unions. There is no greedy corporation to protect "We the People" from in this case. So dishonest to portray this as a case where workers are gonna be treated unfairly with this new law. It is totally unfair that the unions get mandatory dues. And the salary of the union's top dog is $400K. Gimme a break. That is highway robbery.

    March 18, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. TJeff1776

    The ego of Walker and his Repub Pty stooges has grown over-inflated. Even a dump truck couldn't carry it. Obama was
    told that his deminished defense was "inappropriate" so he tucked his tail between his scrawny legs and hightailed it
    back into the bushes.

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

    Maybe Wisconsin should consider increasing taxes for the uber wealthy (or closing the loop holes used to avoid paying them) and limiting the huge salaries of the upper management of companies and force spreading the profits companies make to the workers who actually help them make those profits.

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

    Next step: Block special tax breaks for the wealthiest americans.

    March 18, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. John Racine wi

    good, now we can see massive layoffs of the public sector.. Get rid of all the dead weight. Lets see how those who protest this bill feel when they are in the unemployment line. No money means no way to pay for those to be employed. You can still pay your bills with cutbacks but can you pay your bills on UI? Good luck. I guess one way or another I will still pay for your lively-hood via taxes. I rather pay for UI then guaranteed pensions with a guaranteed rate of return, while I'm losing my contributions from employers and losing money as the market drops..

    March 18, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. c5924w

    LOL....the demacratics and liberals in this state reach new lows every day....pathetic......reinstate the layoff notices now....do not rescind them WHEN this bill gets enacted.....enough of these obstructionalist tactics....pathetic..

    March 18, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Jim

    @Everyone
    This is only temporary. It has nothing to do with the contents. It has to do with the Republicans messing up and not giving a 24 hour notice on the vote. Regardless of her ruling. Us Democrates lose! The Republicans could be putting together another bill right now. The Judge herself stated that she cannot stop them from revoting. The Republicans have won. There comes a point when the false hope becomes old. We must accept reality.

    March 18, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. TheMovieFan

    I agree that this is good news. Next, the fascists out there will start screaming about activist judges.

    March 18, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. M&M

    The TIMES ARE CHANGES!
    Dictators (domestic and abroad) are being overpowered by the endurance of our working class heroes, the people...
    This brings to mind the inspiring visions of John Lennon ("Working Class Hero" & "Power to The People") – Rest in peace...

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

    Now that it has been blocked, a new bill should be introduced immediately dismissing all republicans from office and banning republicans from entering politics

    March 18, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. SAM

    So...the budget is still not balanced...time for layoffs!

    March 18, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. billclemons

    The judge is obviously a coward.

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

    Great news! For all the anti union people out there that are upset that on average public union people as a group make more than non union workers here is the reason. Government jobs require a higher skill set which means more education, usually collage. Because of that 57% of public workers need to have gone to collage, which gets you better pay, when only about 46% of non union workers have gone to collage. Still when you compare a public job to a same non public job the union worker still gets about 8% LESS than the non public worker including benefits and pension. You need to compare job to job not as a group because that's comparing apples to oranges.

    March 18, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Steve

    What good does having a good wage and great benefits if your states going to be left rotting in debt. I am sure all the privately employed tax payers will pat you on the back and thank you

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

    If you're going to try to recall the Governor and the people who voted for it, don't forget to recall the ones who ran away and refused to do their jobs.

    March 18, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Steph

    Fine. Recind the current bill, rewrite it under a different title. Resubmit it. Give the Dems 24 hours to run away and revote the bill into law. Simple. No waste of the Courts time.

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

    Yeah..great news...now they can proceed to lay off the thousands of workers they said they would need to if this didn't get through. Think people. Unions cost too much money and I for one am tired of paying for it. Strip their rights...let me negotiate their salaries but get the budget back where things will work.

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

    Just a bump in the road. Don't worry liberals, this bill will become law.

    March 18, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Amir

    I am glad that someone could stop Scott Walker's illegal bill with a legal action.

    March 18, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. ddp

    come on, if this is what you call hope, then you are hoping for a bankrupt government.. benefits cost are too high, and all unions add value for is increasing debt and forcing people to make promises that they can't afford to make. Unions real value ended 40 years ago, now they should be renamed terrorist tactic specialist with a self centered view. Interesting how they are in so well with Democrats or ANY polition who will take our money as a bribe.

    March 18, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. Judge

    We need to recall a judge for trying to legislate from the bench.

    March 18, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. kenneth

    Unions make more money better benifites less actual work more breaks days off and drive prices up on goods. why because the collective bargining. we have to many educated idiots.in america. research your stand yourselves dont rely on media they all have there own opinons and still not all facts only opinons

    March 18, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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