Absentee Democrat Wisconsin lawmakers called CNN last night with a “list of demands” for Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. The call was placed by State Senator Mark Miller who refused to disclose where he and thirteen other senators were hiding out but stated that they were, “in what we consider a secure location outside the capital.” The absence of these Democrat Senators has denied the Wisconsin State Senate of a quorum, bringing work to a halt.
These fourteen lawmakers are demanding, as I stated in an earlier post, the removal of provisions in Wisconsin’s budget legislation which curtail the collective bargaining abilities of public employee unions over non-wage benefits, and require public employees to contribute a greater percentage of their wage toward their own pension and health care. Unions will still be able to bargain over pay. Governor Walker says this measure will save the State of Wisconsin, which is facing a budget deficit, $300 million over the next two years. Read the rest of this entry »