WISCONSIN GOVERNOR WALKER SUBMITS PLAN TO RESTORE STATE’S FISCAL INTEGRITY

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has submitted his 2012-2013 biennial budget designed to eliminate a $3.5 billion budget deficit by making major changes including reducing aid to public schools and local governments, eliminating 1,200 state jobs, and placing tight limits on property tax increases. He has also warned that if lawmakers do not pass his budget repair bill, which would limit collective bargaining to wages only and require public employees to contribute to their own pension and health insurance, the state and local governments will be forced to lay off
thousands more employees.

Following massive demonstrations by members of public employee unions and the defection of fourteen Democrat Senators to Illinois to avoid having to vote on the bills, the Senate enacted legal provisions designed to force the Democrats’ return. Public employees unions have initiated recall petitions for a number of Republican Senators in an attempt to overturn the 2010 election results.

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