Wisconsin governor signs bargaining bill into law
March 11th, 2011
02:03 PM ET
11 years ago

Wisconsin governor signs bargaining bill into law

Madison, Wisconsin (CNN) - A contentious political battle that brought thousands to the state Capitol drew to a close Friday as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a bill that curbs the bargaining rights of most state workers.

Wisconsin Republicans cleared a final hurdle to the controversial proposal Thursday, passing the bill one day after the state's Senate approved an amended version of the measure, despite the absence of 14 Democratic senators who had fled the state to prevent a necessary quorum of 20 votes.


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  1. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    GREAT!! Good job Republicans!! You're there and doing the job the voters elected you to do, unlike the infantile Democrats who run away like little children. These fugitives should be removed from office and not paid for the time they refused to do their job. I'm so glad the Republicans didn't let those imbeciles stop them from getting work done. Now FIRE the people that didn't show up for their union jobs and presented false doctor excuses. Again, this type of lawless behavior should not be ignored.

    March 11, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Get A Grip

    Love You Gov. Scott Walker and THANK YOU for doing what needs to be done to help save our country. Stay safe....been reading and hearing these union thugs are sending you, your family, Wisconsin Republicans and their family death threats. Not to worry, there are millions and millions out here that have your backs!!

    March 11, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Obama and the Dems should really send this neo-fascist corporatocrat twit a thank you card for the lectoral votes.

    March 11, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Tulsa

    Look at those dead, nazi eyes.

    March 11, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. Oregon Calling

    It's a sad, sad say all the way around.

    March 11, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  6. Mark

    He just signed his own resignation and kissed his future political career goodbye. The people of Wisconsin will recall him right out of office now and he will no longer be eligible or have the support to run for President. Face it Walker, you screwed the people of your state and in the process, you've been screwed by the people you screwed the people of your state for.

    March 11, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. one voice

    This guys excellent at twisting a story. history will prove that this CROOK is on the wrong side of the law. The billionaire Koch Brothers must be proud.

    March 11, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. one voice

    Just how much damage can this guy do to the American Taxpayer before he is recalled in January?

    March 11, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |

    Way to go WI. Who needs unions, when you can just pass laws for min pay and working conditions. Get rid of the middle man.

    March 11, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. gt

    just wondering if our fore fathers would of run to canada , if they did get there way when the dec.of indpendence was sign....but now if you dont like what the other party does... you quit and hide.... what a bunch of gutless , spinless quitters those state senators are....

    March 11, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Charlie in Maine

    Congrats gov. You promised and delivered. You and Col. Gadafi must be pleased with your crackdown on liberty.

    March 11, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Peggy - TX

    the GOP won the battle, but the war is yet to be declared.

    March 11, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. FM

    I don't really get it to see this man Walker turned onto a deaf ear/blind eye! Thousands and thousands turned up to protest and still he pretended not to see/hear what was going on!!!! He is the winner today but he will be the loser for many many years ahead of us all!

    March 11, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. amazed

    wow! thank goodness they are looking out for the hard working people of wisconsin. shameful... my heart goes out to the people of wisconsin, but keep in mind, these are the people they elected in hopes of looking out for their well being

    March 11, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Steve in North Carolina

    Finally something gets done for the taxpayers despite all of the temper tantrums from the freeloaders!

    March 11, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. one voice

    200,000,000 American Taxpayers are OUTRAGED at the actions of this Corporate tool.

    March 11, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Recalled like a bunch of bad meat

    Not for long. Hosni and his gangster government are about to be recalled and shown the door with much haste. Soon after, a state senate and a new and improved governor will go about fixing this unconscionable act of terror on our middle class. On Wisconsin!!!

    March 11, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. Biggge

    This guy has been in office for two months and has the states in a fux...
    140 million in tax breaks for Corporation..
    Cut collective bargining
    has thousands of protestors everyday at the Capital
    got caught on a embrassing phone call in which he assumed he was talking with the rich guy (Koch)
    We can give the Rich tax breaks but the working class has to pay more.....

    March 11, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    Did he have a bad nose job? Just wondering!

    March 11, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Mikey

    He looks drunk..... drunk with power???

    March 11, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Kyle

    Great news! The Wisconsin taxpayer wins.
    Hey unions ... pack up your buses and head to Ohio! Those taxpayers are asking for relief as well.

    March 11, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Ken Keniff

    Just like the republicans, don't listen to the will of the people.

    March 11, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. John

    Death threats, disrespecting law enforcement, handheld signs full of hatred, nasty speech ... unions are thugs. Plain and simple. Your behavior has been appalling and disgraceful. Shame on the Wisc legislators? No! Shame on the UNIONS! Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame on the unions!

    March 11, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Name king

    The wisconsonites are reaping what theyve sown, by electing these rabid teabagging lunatics into office, they can't say that they were caught off guard, when they knew about these non compromising lunatics, who think that the only way to balance a budget is to cut cut cut, and give gigantic corporations tax cuts, dont even mention raising tax revenues on the rich, because that's blaspheme, and don't mess with their social security and Medicare either, but every one else revenues should be cut. What was these people smoking in Wisconsin and America, when they allowed the southern militia mentality, tea bagging crew, which forbid government intervention period in America, only to fight wars and blame when something goes wrong under a democratic president watch.

    March 11, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  25. lndepend

    I hope for wisconsin people," You just signed your way out of office,fool. Cut your own pay ya "Jackwagon" Vote him out wisconsin!!!! Let him suffer a couple of Good long Strikes!!!! That will learn him!!! He,s thinking Reagonomics! They failed then,they will fail again. Unions are not the problem Scott,republicans and deregulation is the problem ,dah! Your the problem! You and your repugs deregulated every protection the working class had! Your party let WallStreet gamble our savings and pensions away! Get a grip on reality?

    March 11, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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