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. Sue

    Let's hope this stays positive in the direction of the unions. I was afraid after the Bush administration getting away with so much that was lawless that these damned Republican governors and others would get away with all this, too. Anyone know anything about the judge as in is he elected or appointed and if so, by whom? Is he of a political persuasion?

    March 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Concerned Citizen

    All unions need to be busted in order to save this country from bankruptcy.

    March 18, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. scott

    Either this law passes or the public workers get laid off. Its a win win situation.

    March 18, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Bear

    Unions are for people who can't or won't think for themselves. Another setback for Darwinism when the government intervenes to protect stupid people. Cloward Piven at work folks. Need to separate unions from the government teet.

    March 18, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Mike

    Great news for worker rights. There are more respectable and effective ways at fighting deficits and overspending than attacking and scapegoating worker's by taking away their constitutional right to organize and bargain.

    March 18, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Jared

    Good. Last I checked this junk didn't belong in the budget bill. It's time politicians stop sticking things where they don't belong. The shady tactic of sticking things inside unrelated bills to force it through is just plain wrong.

    March 18, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Brian

    This ruling will only delay the inevitable. The law is sound and it will survive any challenge.

    March 18, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. jurby

    great to know! i hope the budget repair bill gets reversed by the courts as union members should have the right to collective bargaining and not be dictated to. it is better to work WITH unions and come up with solutions that work instead of dictating. i hope Wisconsin's governor and every legislator that voted for this measure gets recalled and booted out as legislators need to work WITH people, not against them! as far as legislators claiming that government and union workers need to "take a hit for the team", legislators need to be making dire cuts on themselves and their own fat paychecks and uber-great benefits FIRST! and, yes, i AM a union worker and proud of it!

    March 18, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. VOS

    Unreal! Wisconsin finally got it right getting rid of these unions and now a judge gets involved. SHAME, SHAME!! People, unions are a waste! If you people were in the real world you would have none of these protections and you certainly do not desreve them any more than the next person. You should have to pay for your helatcare and pensions, not me, the taxpayer. Unions are a load of garbage!

    March 18, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Pay your way

    OMG. Terrible judge. You unionites need to pay your way like the rest of. Zero entitlement, who cares if you teach or work for the city....contribute and quit stealing from the taxpayers. Shameless scum suckers.

    March 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. insane1

    Great! now to all Wisconsinites recall these bums including that college dropout Walker and send them home kicking rocks.

    March 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. GOWALKERGO

    Let's waste more tax payer money.....complain about not being in the state while YOU (dems) ran to hide like a 3 year old.

    March 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. drp

    It is obvious that the elected folks in Wisconsin were out for their own agenda. Rather than listen to what their constituents said, they did their own bidding. Good luck people of Wisconsin.

    March 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  14. johnRJ08

    The Republican Party's long term goal is to force wages down and create a permanent underclass of working people. In this way, they believe that the US will become more competitive with countries like India, Vietnam and China, where there are no unions and no worker protections. There is pending Republican sponsored legislation in Missouri to actually lower the minimum wage. Bring the US worker down to their level in order for businesses to grow. From there, they apply the now discredited concept of 'trickle-down' economics, thinking wealthy corporations will suddenly become enlightened around the world and reduce their profits in order to pay their workers a fair wage. The short-term GOP goal is to eviscerate unions in key states since they are key supporters of Democratic candidates and causes. The governors of Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan, including their Republican state senators, need to be recalled. They need to be throw out of office before they do any more damage to their states.

    March 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Tea-Bagger

    WHAT PART don't the TEACHER-LEECHER's NOT UNDERSTAND ???? The tax payers CANNOT continue to pay for your Pension, health care etc.... I think YOU teachers need more schooling so YOU can ALL smarten up. Are you dummies ? I think so, selfish too !

    March 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Wisconsin Worker

    This is not good. This bill needs to go through. A balanced budget is a must! It's time the union "thugs" stopped controlling the taxpayers and demanding more money.

    @ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R. The only people that need to be recalled are the cowards that ran away and did not do thier job.

    March 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. Raffly

    It is wonderful news. I can breath now

    March 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Former Republican, but never again!

    Thank goodness our country is protected from political abuses by the courts.

    March 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. socal frank

    The Gopstapo blitzkrieg grinds to a temporary halt.

    March 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Bill

    Politics as usual. In this example, we get to see judicial corruption at it's finest.

    March 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Scott

    Elections have consequences

    The law is the law despite what liberal activist judges may try to do..

    March 18, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Barry

    news.Great Please join in the recall of all Republican State Senators.

    March 18, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. Stu

    Bad! We Wisconsinites elected Walker to bring responsibility to Madison. Despite what you hear on the news, we support him. Public employees are not the middle class, taxpayers are.

    The average public worker in Wisconsin makes 38% more than the average middle class worker. They should be contributing go retirement and medical insurance, just like the middle class does. Public employees have civil service rules that protect them so there is no need for collective bargaining.

    March 18, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. ktuncia

    A liberal judge went along with a stall tactic by the democrat DA while effectively making no judgement on the validity of the case. All she did is say that time should be taken to find out if there is anything valid in the liberal DAs case. It means nothing. She's probably hoping the pathetic threat of recall will have some effect on the outcome even though all the republicans who voted on the bill were obviously willing to loose their seat if needed to get the bill passed. Kind of like the federal democrates and the health care law. The only difference being there was nothing unconstitutional about what these republicans did.

    March 18, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. Billy, NYC

    Justice is on the side of the People.

    March 18, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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