Wisconsin judge blocks budget proposal
March 18th, 2011
12:41 PM ET
9 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. T'sah from Virginia

    YES WE CAN!!! They always say NO news is GOOD news and in this case – it's NOT true!!! We have not heard much from WI since the Japan disaster but it's good to know the PEOPLE continued to FIGHT!!!!

    The RepubliCAN'Ts 'over-reached" in their attempt to DESTROY the middle class!! And when they decided to take a step in the direction of BREAKING THE LAW, it BACKFIRED!!!!!

    The people are speaking and it's NOT just coming from the LEFT
    So RepubliCAN'Ts better LISTEN and stop pretending they're DEAF!!!
    All of the lies and tricks they told voters is NOW the courts
    Now the RepubliCAN’Ts are SLAPPED with a full-speed ABORT

    March 18, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Demswiseup

    Dem's need to wise up. This judge is a radical. Based upon the US Constitution, he cam not legislate from the bench. The elected officials, representing the will of the voters and majority of the citizens on Wisconsin, passed this bill. The govern conduct his job correctly. And the Dems who stayed away a very lucky they are not in jail and paying large fines. The voters last November were clear in their conviction to see a positive change in government and real accountability. As well as, balance the budget. Be careful, and watch what happens next election. The rest of the Dems may lose and join the unemployed. YEAH!

    March 18, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Greg

    My My two year old was doing some simple math the other day and she asked me to proof her work in order to determine if she was doing something incorrect. She couldn't make the calculation work. She couldn’t figure out how a public employee such as a police officer or librarian is able to retire at fifty after only working a handful of years and then earn more than 100% of his or her salary with cost of living increases for the next fifty years. I told her they can do that because of Public Employee Unions. I told her that I have to work 80 hours a week in the private sector so I can pay taxes not only to fund and pay the salaries of the currently employed public employees but also to pay the retired librarian so he or she can travel the world and never have to worry about money again. She still questioned how it was possible mathematically, to which I said….well you see… public employee unions don’t care how it gets done. They are counting on you to grow up and pay for their underfunded and over justified pensions. They also hope you will someday have children of your own that will also grow up and continue to pay. I told her that you would understand it all someday and her reply was simply…no dad, I get it, it is not mathematically possible.

    March 18, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    It's not a substantive ruling on the merits of the bill...just blocking it because of the GOP's procedural shenanigans, which means that they can fix it by gong back and doing it right AND that the Dems probably need to leave the state again. The real import of the ruling, however, is that it highlights just how crooked and abusive of their power the GOP is acting in WI all because they have a political agenda with a timeline designed to help them secure WI's electoral votes and hamstring union contributions to Dems in preparation for 2012.

    March 18, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Jim

    Well Lillie your post is very interesting. I absolutely agree with you that you should "recall every senator and legislator that (as you put it) 'vited' for this measure." Clearly you learned to spell from one of those high quality Wisconsin teachers that adandoned their students to whine at the state capitol, and then, with the help of socialist doctors, committed fraud by getting signed notes that they were "sick."

    March 18, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Demswiseup

    Post all comments you left wing website!

    March 18, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Rubyleaf

    I wonder how the courts will view the new Michigan law that lets the state take over towns and fire the elected officials and all city workers and replace them with contractors.

    March 18, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Demswiseup

    Happy days are here again...

    March 18, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Name

    Hell ya! Justice!

    March 18, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Vernon B

    How is it these Judges have become rulers of the people. It's time to remove them from their power

    March 18, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Yeswecan

    New rules. Elected officials don't make the laws anymore. The judges do. What a joke!

    March 18, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Todd

    Only temporary....It will pass, it needs to pass!!!

    March 18, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. geeeeee

    Yes well the judge apparently stopped reading before she got to the end of the statue she is using.

    March 18, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. Paqrat137

    If the judge appointed by a Democrat, then this is just the beginning of fight and the slurs and the fairy tales of the Republican right. If the judge was appointed by a republican, this is really good news: there are Republicans who can think independently. Let's wait and see.

    March 18, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Yeswecan

    New rules. Judges are now making laws, instead of enforcing them. When did we change the US CONSTITUTION? I feel sorry for Wisconsin tax payers. They are the heros and backed this governor when they voted him into office last November. He has backbone. Not this judge or the government workers union.

    March 18, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  16. Orlando Patriot

    I think the Wisconsin administration should do the same thing the Obama administration is doing – just ignore it!! A federal judge blocked the ObamaCare from being initiated and Obama simply ignores THAT ruling so why can't the Wisconsin administration do the same thing? Aren't we SUPPOSED to follow the lead of our president?

    March 18, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  17. Sarah

    Oh for pete sakes. What don't Wisconsin citizens get about this? Half of the Senators they elected to office TURNED TAIL AND RAN when the going got tough. The Governor and the Republican senators, for 3 weeks tried to get them to come back to work and do their job, but no. The Democrat senators didn't like what was being proposed, so they stamped their little feet like children and refused to come back and do the job they were sent there to do. All of you talking about recalling the Senators who stayed to do the work they were hired to do? You guys need to talk about recalling those elected officials who abandoned you. You guys need to realize that just because you're a public official, it doesn't mean that you have the right to anymore negotiating tactics that anyone else does, and I say this as the daughter and neice of two educators, I know EXACTLY what teachers go through day in and day out. But it doesn't give you guys the right to become union thugs, chase elected officials around the capitol building, and act with violence, which the camera's all saw you do. Get off your high horses and realize that EVERYONE has to sacrifice to get your state's budget back inline. Shouting and crying about 'rights' that are not truly 'rights' to begin with is the most idiotic thing I have ever heard of in my life. You should be thankful that there is a Governor willing to make the tough decisions and stick around to make them. But no...you want to recall the ones who did their job and throw a party for the ones who ran away from the tough choices. Heh, what hypocrisy. Grow up, realize everyone has to give something here, realize you have no more rights to bargain for anything than anyone else does, realize that your unions have no right to take all tax payers money for their dues and turn around to use them for democrat party causes, and also realize that if any of YOU had taken a three week siesta across a state border, you would be fired by now. So hand the Democrat senators their pink slips please, because we both know if Republicans had done that, you would be shouting bloody hell about it. Grow up!

    March 18, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Rob

    Dislike. Now the state and individual taxpayer will continue to be held prisoner by the unions. Unions were there to protect the rights of employess before there were laws and regulations to do so. Now, those laws are in place and unions only cause governments and companies to go bankrupt. They are legal mafias that rule by intimidation and forced pay. "I will protect you but you have to give me X% of your pay. If you refuse, we will ask your coworker to provide a litte 'incentive' to change your mind." Sounds like a like out of The Godfather but it is union reality.

    I still dont understand why government employees expect to get better benefits and pay that private industry. Your free ride may soon be over and you may have to pay the same as the rest of us suckers.

    March 18, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Marshall M

    The one paragraph doesn't state the basis for the judge's ruling, but I'd bet that it has something to do with the open meeting violations that were so blatant. I hope this reinforces the recall efforts on those miserable Republican senators.

    March 18, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. mm

    very cool

    March 18, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. julie

    It's what Wisconsin is well known for – Cheese and Whine! Recall all of those Dumbs that ran scared with their tails between their legs!!!

    March 18, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. eunice


    March 18, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |

    What BS!!! How can 1 branch overturn the will of 2 branches.

    March 18, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  24. kat

    Just like the runaway Dems. If you can't win it you steal it.

    March 18, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  25. Mikey

    The only thing that judge could do better is to issue warrents for the arrests of scott walker, and every member of the leglistor that voted for this act of demstic terrorism. They just need to tax the rich more, because the rich really just stole their money from the poor anyway.

    March 18, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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