Follow the latest developments and analysis on the democratic uprising spreading from Wisconsin to the rest of the country.
February 27, 2011- The protests in Wisconsin continue into their third week, with thousands holding strong in the capitol in Madison, a huge showing of support for the economic rights of union members and the restoration of a strong middle class. The following is a collection of updates and items on what's happening in Wisconsin and the rest of the country.
Update: Last night Gov. Walker gave a speech introducing his 2 year budget, which includes deep cuts that could devastate schools and cities across the state:
Under the plan, Walker would reduce spending by $4.2 billion over two years. State employees would contribute more to health care and pensions. Counties and municipalities would lose $96 million to pay for local services. Walker wants to cut $834 million in state money to local schools.
In his address, Walker shamelessly threatened the 14 Democratic Senators who left the state to block passage of the Governor's union-busting legislation. Walker said that if the Democrats did not return, their communities would be hit harder by the cuts proposed in his budget. He also said that schools could face massive teacher layoffs unless Democrats came back to Wisconsin, somehow managing to blame them for the disastrous consequences of his policies.