American Constitution Society Blog: Wis. Republicans’ Action Against Public Workers Escalates Protests

March 10, 2011- Wisconsin state Republicans after discovering a way to pass a measure slashing pay and collective bargaining rights of public workers without the presence of Democratic lawmakers have hardly tamped down the ire building over Gov. Scott Walker's campaign to allegedly save the state from bankruptcy.

The governor's bill, which was passed quickly by the state Senate last night, amounts to nearly an 8 percent cut in pay for state workers, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. The newspaper's Web site features a ticker updating the protests that have escalated at the capitol. Early this morning the ticker reported that state troopers were denying reporters access to the capitol. State Senate Democrats blasted the actions of the governor and Republicans.

Sen. Bob Jauch told the newspaper the actions would escalate efforts to mount a recall of the Republican senators. "This was an act of legislative thuggery," Jauch said.

SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry blasted Gov. Walker, saying in a statement that he had made it clear "to the people of Wisconsin – and the entire nation – the extent he will go in order to pay back billionaires such as the Koch Brothers and bad actor corporations that want to destroy the middle class."

Henry continued, "From denying working people the right to have a voice, to failing to create the jobs that Wisconsinites so desperately need, Walker has proven time and again that his first priority is rewarding the Koch Brothers and corporate interests, not the people of Wisconsin."

Recently, The New York Times reported that Charles and David Koch were among the "biggest contributors to the election campaign" of Walker.

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