April 12, 2011- Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) says layoffs of public employees could be on the way — if his new law curtailing public employee union rights reminds bottled up in court.
Gov. Scott Walker says he may have to again consider laying off state employees if his collective bargaining law remains tied up in the courts for much more than the next week or two.
"(But) for now, we're still ready to implement it once we get the green light from the courts," Walker told WisPolitics.com as part of an administration effort to mark his first 100 days in office today.
The Republican guv adds the state has no plans to retroactively collect the higher health care and pension payments from state employees if the courts clear the way.Three and a half weeks ago, Dane County
(Madison) Judge Maryann Sumi blocked the law on procedural grounds, issuing a temporary restraining order on the grounds the plaintiff, the Dane County District Attorney, had a likelihood of success in his complaint that a key conference committee used to advance the bill — and to get around the state Senate Dems' walkout from the state — had violated the state's open-meetings law by failing to give proper 24-hours notice.
The Walker administration then made multiple attempts to disregard the ruling and implement the law anyway, before ultimately backing down in the face of repeated orders.