Wisconsin Governor Stands Like a Stonewall While One Moderate Republican In Senate Shakes Like Jelly
Governor Stands Like a Stonewall
Moderate Republican Made of Jelly Offer Deals in Wisconsin
With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker maintaining a hard line on his budget bill and Democratic senators refusing to return to Madison to vote, attention is turning to a group of moderate Republican senators to negotiate a compromise to the stalemate that has drawn thousands of protesters to the state capital for a week.
One moderate Republican wants to take away collective bargaining "for two years" and then restore them. The bill being pushed by majorities in both houses abolish collective bargaining permanently and restore fiscal balance.
Governor Walker, a Republican says "It will never get to me because other than that one state senator, all the rest of the Republicans are firmly behind our proposal," Mr. Walker said in the interview, calling it an unacceptable short-term fix.
On Sunday, Mr. Walker said during an interview with Fox News that he was "willing to take this as long as it takes because in the end we're doing the right thing for
In another report from Wisconsin:
So far, there's little evidence of a move to compromise. "Won't happen, won't happen, won't happen," said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. The Juneau Republican said he spoke with every member of his caucus over the weekend and they remained "rock solid" in their support for Walker's plan, even if they had some internal disagreements earlier.
Over in Michigan:
Michigan orders DPS to make huge cuts
State education officials have ordered Robert Bobb to immediately implement a financial restructuring plan that balances the district's books by closing half of its schools, swelling high school class sizes to 60 students and consolidating operations.