Daily Archives: March 29, 2011

Wisconsin Governor Does End Run Publishes Collective Barganing Law Takes Affect

Wisconsin Governor  Scott Walker(R) has order the publishing of the new collective bargaining law on Friday so the law would take effect; despite an injunction by a Dane County Judge. From ABC News:

Wisconsin officials couldn’t agree Friday about whether an explosive law taking away nearly all public worker collective bargaining rights was about to take effect after a nonpartisan legislative bureau published it despite a court order blocking implementation.

The head of the Legislative Reference Bureau that made the move Friday afternoon, as well as a nonpartisan attorney for the Legislature, said the action was merely procedural. But Republican legislative leaders, who encouraged the bureau’s action, insisted it meant the law would take effect Saturday.

Gov. Scott Walker’s office, meanwhile, would issue only a vague statement saying simply that the administration planned to carry out the law as required.

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Omaha Mayor Wants Federal Toliet Paper Tax

Are you ready for this A federal toilet paper tax. That’s what the Mayor of Omaha,NE wants. From the Omaha World-Herald:

Mayor Jim Suttle went to Washington Tuesday flush with ideas for how federal officials could help cities like Omaha pay for multibillion-dollar sewer projects.

Among the items on his brainstorming list: a proposal for a 10-cent federal tax on every roll of toilet paper you buy.

Based on the four-pack price for Charmin double rolls Tuesday at a midtown Hy-Vee, such a tax would add more than 10 percent to the per-roll price, pushing it over a buck.

The idea came from a failed 2009 House measure by an Oregon congressman to help cities and the environment.

“I heard about it and said, ‘Well, this is simple. Let’s put it on the table,’” said Suttle. “It doesn’t mean I endorse it.”

The mayor says Omaha needs help with the metro area’s $1.7 billion bill for federally mandated sewer improvements. The work must be done by 2024.

President Obama Defends Libya Policy

On Monday Night President Barack Obama  said the humanitarian crisis provoke the US and NATO involvement in Libya. From AP via Yahoo News:

Defending the first war launched on his watch, President Barack Obama declared Monday night the United States intervened in Libya to prevent a slaughter of civilians that would have stained the world’s conscience and “been a betrayal of who we are.” Yet he ruled out targeting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, warning that trying to oust him militarily would be a costly mistake.

Obama announced that NATO would take command over the entire Libya operation on Wednesday, keeping his pledge to get the U.S. out of the lead but offering no estimate on when the conflict might end.