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. Concerned

    Sad how the courts are overstepping their bounds. Even if you disagree with the measure, courts should not be throwing road blocks on elected or voted measures. How often have we seen the courts use a decision to favor a few. Not pro or con Unions, just make job situations competitive so all can compete and be compensated in line with how employees at companies must compete on merit. I have experience in public, federal, private and commercial, and have experienced being forced to join a Union just because of the job. Not very democratic for a nation who stands for democracy, let each person choose. Unfortunately the public Unions are often used more to protect non-productive high wage earners than working to implement a system that rewards contribution and competitiveness. Speaking from many years of experience on both sides.

    March 18, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Ursasolus

    Sounds like we have a judge that needs to be removed from his elected seat.

    March 18, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Brickell Princess

    Great! So the tax payers have to continue to foot the bill for all these union members–AKA: thugs–to continue to live and retire in the lap of luxury at tax payer expense.

    Fire them all!

    March 18, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Woo-hoo!

    The rule of law still prevails!

    March 18, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Hooray!

    Nice to see the law is still working for the people, even if Walker isn't.

    March 18, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Mike

    Cool. I don't care how they do it, as long as I can get more pay for less work. This is awesome!

    March 18, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Jim

    Apparently, the will of the people through voting means absolutely nothing. It's a sad day.

    March 18, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Mike

    Stupid.... i wonder on what grounds this restraining order was issued on

    March 18, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. TripleA

    Hurts don't it Republicans. Yeah, tell a friend.

    March 18, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. cb3620

    wow... excellent ... now time to clamp down

    March 18, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. DD

    Hopefully this is only a temporary stay. The ones being recalled should be the politicians who abdicated their responsibilites and fled to a neighboring state.

    March 18, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Mitch

    Down with Walker and any other conservative willing to steal the rights of the people, up with HOPE for the middle class!

    March 18, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Mike

    Cool. I don't care how they do it, as long as I can get more pay for less work. This is awesome!

    March 18, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. This is the end

    How much money does he have in his bank account now?
    Judgeee got a new lexus...

    March 18, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. Marcus

    Hey, no matter how the governor tries to spin, he still did not managed to prove to non-brainwashed people the link between collective bargaining rights and the financial mess his state is in. Actually, independent sources points out the origin of the shortage to HIS policies alone...
    But, as evidenced by some posters' comments over the great news from Arizona we had today, people who retort to lies and slander (while we sane guys like facts) in order to justify/explain their points of view are in full trottle today.

    March 18, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Radtech01

    This is not good news. If you think for instant that union leaders have anything but their own interests in mind, then you are drinking from the kool-aid. Unions were started as a necessity and have given America some wonderful things, but they are archaic and are out of touch. It's time for them to be disbanded.

    March 18, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Union NO

    Unions, and many of their members, are just as evil as politicians.

    March 18, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Lolz@Walker

    It's about time.

    March 18, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Unions must have gotten to the judge. They're worse than the mob.

    March 18, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Paul K

    Great news even for this non-union, non-government worker. The working class is the back bone of this great country.

    March 18, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Sheila

    First good news in a long time. Recall recall recall!

    March 18, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. watchdog

    Another judge on the take.

    March 18, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. paul

    Some bit of news in a republican sea of hatred.

    March 18, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. ron

    walker hero to the taxpayers ,and to his state. A dictator ,nazis ,ect, to the public union workers,democrates. sweet deal for democrates ,getting the union votes ,hugh support,and money ,for elections.they dont care about the state or the tax payers who are going broke,as long as they can keep their deal ,great retirements,vacations,above normal pay,insurance.all the while the tax payers,and the state go broke supporting them.this has nothing to do with private Uions,thats between the employees and a business.Business pays what it can ,within their profits an negotiations with the private unions. but state ,public workers get their money from the tax payer thru the state,should only be given what the tax payer can pay,and how well they do their jobs.

    March 18, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. Mikey

    Walker is nothing more than a puppet for the Koch brothers. Money buys a lot. Koch Bros run multimillion dollar business yet is classified as "small business!" These truly unAmerican's, including Michelle Bachman should go crawl under a rock.

    March 18, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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