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. April

    Power to the People!!

    March 18, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Maria

    A victory for working families...now lets hope that all courts this case ends up in see this bill for the illegal power grab that it was! We must protect our teachers, police, firefighters & other public servants from the hatred of the Republican RIght Wing.

    March 18, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Old-skool conservative

    This was, of course, to be expected. You can't ram legislation through unconstitutionally and expect it to get rubber-stamped through the courts. God bless Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, et al.

    March 18, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Libscum

    Libs win – the US loses. SHAME on Obama and the left!

    March 18, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Protect_The_Lazy.org!

    Key word is temporary.

    March 18, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. patriot

    Wow, I wish the Republicans and majority of the US could do this to the Dems when Obamacare was rammed down our throats. But I guess that wouldn't be fair.

    March 18, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. NameJohn

    I hope this a sign that it dosn't become law. I'm tired of politicians forcing their will on the less fortunate middle class to solve all their problems and self-serving special interests. The right seems very angryand frustrated if they can't get their way and they view compromising as a weekness. It's shameful.

    March 18, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Name

    The union should be busted. This bill was democratically voted on. Now we dont honor voting or process?

    March 18, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. McBigMik

    Common sense prevails...Let the people have a fair piece of the pie...prevent revolution down the road,,,

    March 18, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. LacrosseMom(real one)

    GOOD, some Justice at last! SO....... people of Wisconsin, how's that ultra Conservative thingy workin' for ya????

    March 18, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. FM

    God bless America! God is Great! These good news really will make my weekend. Scott Walker, go and hide your face full of shame.

    March 18, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Seriously?

    What is wrong with asking Government Employees to contribute to their retirement and healthcare costs? As for collective bargaining, they are bargaining against the Tax Payer who is ultimately their employer. This used to be considered a conflict of interest and actually illegal.
    The only officials that should be 'recelled' are those who left. When did it become acceptable to just not participate if you werent going to get your way? That is not Democracy.

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

    Once again – judges make laws.
    Oh well – guess those layoffs will have to happen come April. they will have plenty of time on their hands then to protest. Instead of looking for a JOB of course!

    March 18, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. RE

    Until the unions will accept that pay for performance is the right way to go and stop perpetuating the tenure of bad teachers just because they are part of a union, this country will never move forward on the education front.

    March 18, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. War919

    Yeah, way to go, and when your State finally goes bankrupt, do not come to the rest of the country looking for a bailout. Go talk to your union buddies, I am sure they will be willing to help. Idiots.

    March 18, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. Liars

    Snott Walker's budget proposal also allows any private organization (i.e. Koch Industries) to secretly purchase state utilities without bidding. That's how California got Enronned.

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

    Well Lillie, I support the Governor. But I do agree with you about one thing: you absolutely should recall any "senator and legislator who (as you put it) 'vited' for this measure." Evidently you learned to spell from one of those dedicated Wisconsin teachers who abandoned their responsibilities and committed fraud by falsifying "sick" notices from the socialist doctors who were complicitous in the fraud...

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

    Yeah great news, now Wisconsin can go completely bankrupt and lay off %70 of the government workers. At least the %30 will get to keep their ridiculous medical and pension plans.

    March 18, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. timl2k11

    Wow this article has too much information. I can't grasp it all. Why perfectly legal bill being halted? And what on earth does this have to do "with the people". This is not about the people. It's about out of control givernment spending. Does everyone on here work for the government?

    March 18, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Steve

    A defeat for Wisconsin and America. This law will ultimately be passed as it should be.

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

    Thank goodness for a modicum of sanity! I hope this is a wake-up call across this nation to the agenda of the Repugnicant Party to strip the middle class (and aspiring middle class) of all hope of getting or staying ahead in life. WE have got to "take back our country."

    March 18, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. msacks

    Ah, just saw the rationale posted. Thank goodness the lawsuit/ruling has a reasonable legal basis.

    March 18, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. joe union leech

    Another example of the union leeches and their democratic, communist, obama-spread-the-wealth allies trying to steal democracy and decision-making process from the voters. What the far left leeches in the public unions cannot achieve by vote, intimidation, or violence – they will try by any other means possible.

    The WI voters have had enough of the outsized salaries and benefts of public union employees, and said it is time to change this corrupt system where their tax dollars are stolen so that public union workers can retire in the Florida retirement homes at age 44 – on a pension spiked with OT or other nonsense to a level above the salaries of most private sector WI workers. This country as a whole is going broke, and all we hear from the parasite public unions is "more, more, more." The game is over, and this bill – which achieves the desired goals of the WI tax-paying electorate – will become law no matter what shenanigans the far leftpublic union sleazebags and their bought and paid-for democratic politicians try.

    March 18, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Bruce

    It's not the job of a judge to block laws. That's what the legislators are for. Judge sounds like a liberal Dem. To bad the children are the ones losing in all this just because Unions are greedy. Look what the Unions did to Detroit. Too bad!.

    March 18, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. IUEC Local 6

    Great! I hope the GOP's anti-union/anti-middle class actions bite them in the a**. It's time for the people to wake up and demand the right to organize. Let's make unions bigger and stronger the middle class needs them.

    March 18, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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