Wisconsin state Senator had enough brinkmanship and split the collective bargaining reform from the finance bills on setting off a firestorm with the public employees unions. From AP:
The nearly month-long standoff in the Wisconsin Legislature over explosive union rights legislation rocketed toward a dramatic finish Thursday after Senate Republicans outmaneuvered their missing Democratic counterparts and pushed through the bill.
The dramatic turn of events late Wednesday set up a perfunctory vote Thursday morning in the Assembly on the measure that would strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from most public workers. Once the bill passes the Assembly, it heads to Republican Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.
Within hours after the Senate passed the bill, a crowd of hundreds of protesters grew to about 7,000 in the Capitol, a crowd as large as any seen inside the building over three weeks of demonstrations.
“The whole world is watching!” protesters shouted as they pressed up against the heavily guarded entrance to the Senate chamber.
Meanwhile Gov. Scott Walker who beg, plead and willing to offered concession to the Senate Democrats applauded the vote. Also from AP:
Walker says the Democrats were offered repeated opportunities to come home, which they refused.
Walker said: “In order to move the state forward, I applaud the Legislature’s action today to stand up to the status quo and take a step in the right direction to balance the budget and reform government.”
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