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

    show what lengths the democrates will go to ,to get what they want.they had one of their far left,judges pass a temp block.public workers ,police ,teachers,state workers,should not have a union ,they are paid by the tax payers in wisconsin,not a private business. Tax payers there ,not in that union,over 5 million,dont have the benifits,pay,vacations ,job security,they do. they should be paid what the tax payers can afford ,and certainly not any better than them. teachers make more then sixty thousand a year,with great retirements,insurance,ect along with the rest of public workers. State going broke paying them ,at the rates they get. they are no better than the rest of tax payers there. also the democrates get kickback from that union,in the form of support,votes and money. sweet deal for union and the democrates,not the tax payers.

    March 18, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. LEVI JOHNSTON

    awesome now lets work together to kick these right wing wacko tea baggers out to the curb at the next election

    March 18, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Off A Cough

    So, when will Obama fight to give Federal government workers the same 'rights' that he claims WI tax payers must fund for their state government workers? This is a serious question. If this is really so important, why not the federal government workers, as well? They have *never* had collective bargaining 'rights'. It's almost like the President is disingenuous or something.

    March 18, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Chris

    I cannot wait for Wisconsin to now go bankrupt. I hope all the pro union state/federal workers loose their jobs. Unions for public sector jobs, sure...but not for fed or state jobs.

    March 18, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Carm

    Keep the fight up! Workers all over the US and Canada are supporting you!

    March 18, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. peace

    that is good news I bet Rush is about to have a heart attack.

    March 18, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. johnp

    No big deal. A democrat AG has come up with a stalling tactic. At the very worst the legislature will repass it.

    March 18, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. chris

    I think it is BS on how one judge can derail democracy in one swoop. I don't agree/disagree with what has happened with Wisconsin, but judges should not have this much power unless it is the supreme court.

    March 18, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Farrell

    Why do you think it is better to have a single person (judge) override the will of the voters?

    March 18, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Deez@nutz

    Hope is alive? Hope of what? Being lazy and entitled? Heavens you tax payer funded union workers might have to get a real job.

    March 18, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Walker is an IDIOT

    Good news!

    Take that Koch brother puppet Gov. Walker for trying to ram this job killing "union busting" bill through...you work for the people of Wisconsin and NOT the KOCH BROTHERS!!!

    Our teachers deserve dignity and respect!...and they are already paying more, but Gov Walker and his group of GOP-Tea Party thug politicians should pay out of pocket to fund the debts!!!!

    Gov Walker and his group of GOP-Tea Party thugs should get A BIG FAT PAY CUT to pay down the debt...and not a dime of TAX BREAKS!!!

    March 18, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Cris

    Another case of rule by judicial fiat. I'm glad I'm not still living in the People's Republic of Wisconsin.

    March 18, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Rich

    This isn't surprising. So now Walker will battle this in court, costing Wisconsinites more money. To offset those costs, Walker will likely provide more corporate tax breaks.

    March 18, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. FlaClif

    Ah, yes. Dane County DA Ismael R. Ozanne. Appointed by the previous administration to be the first black district attorney despite overwhelming public support for his opponent. A puppet of the labor unions and Democrats.

    March 18, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. oj66

    Temporary is the key word here. This will eventually become law and the citizens of Wisconsin can check off one more wasteful public union from their tax burden. The union bosses try to generate support by lumping these in with unions in private industry that did so much for workers over the years. There is no purpose for them but fattening union bosses' wallets in the public sector.

    March 18, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. don

    Reverse robinhood is the way of the Republican party. Always has been. Always will be.

    March 18, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    ...and before any of the knee-jerk GOP-enablers starts screaming, the judge was appointed by a Republican, Tommy Thompson. The SOS requesting the delay is perfectly legal under the law but because he won't jump on command when Walker barks to "get it done immediately" there's screaming from the tightie righties

    March 18, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. stan

    Good news? Wrong. Labor unions no longer have pertinent value in today's society. Labor laws protect workers acrosee America. Unions exist to protect weak and mediocre employees. High performing workers would do better without representation. I am eager to see Wisconsin lawmakers take the first step in what will be a wave of breaking up unions across the United States. More important however is finding a solution to the financial crisis both our federal and state governments face with large budget shortfalls. Our current financial crisis in this country will only continue until a larger cut back of both federal and state employees take place. Stay strong Gov. Walker, your solution to solving the state's financial crisis makes perfect sense and needs to be executed as a framework of what has to happen across the United States.

    March 18, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  19. jim

    I guess republican evil hasn't won yet. Hope is still alive!

    March 18, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. tim

    Terrible news! This isn't what Wisconsin wants its what the teachers want. The bill WILL become law.

    March 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. Donny

    Don't get your hopes up. Since they were in special session, they were not required to give public notice.

    March 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. Independent In Albany

    The Koch Brothers will be VERY disaapointed. No Lube for Walker when they bend him over tonight!!

    March 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Lelie

    Too bad. The law passed because the Democrats were too weak to stand up and fight for what they believe in. The Republicans did stand up and they stood tall. We need more of this!! Unions are bringing our nation down. They are parasites on industry that need to be wiped off and thrown away.

    March 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. NODEADBEATS

    Yeah!!!! Never liked political bullies. Stop picking on the middle class folks.

    March 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Don

    This is only great news if you believe that any budget proposal that takes away some benefit is inherently evil. The debt bomb is coming. Decisions like this will only make it come faster. EVERYTHING needs to be on the table. Public pension plans are widely known to be a major source of economic trouble in many states, not just Wisconsin. Everyone's going to have to accept some pain, even unions.
    Could we have something in the story that explains the judge's reasoning? Is it a temporary injunction that's looking for clarification? Was it ruled unconstitutional? Somewhere in the middle?

    March 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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