February 24th, 2011
03:35 PM ET

Wisconsin state police sent to absent lawmakers' homes

Wisconsin state police were dispatched to the homes of several Democrat state senators in an effort to compel them to return to the legislature, said Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Olson.

Fourteen Senate Democrats fled to neighboring Illinois to prevent a quorum from voting on a budget repair bill that would curb the collective bargaining rights of public sector workers and raise their contributions to pensions and health insurance plans.

Meanwhile, a separate but nearly identical budget bill is up for debate in Wisconsin's other chamber, the state assembly. The assembly lawmakers are poised to vote on the bill Thursday.

The state faces a Friday deadline to balance the budget. Wisconsin faces a $137 million budget shortfall by June 30 and a $3.6 billion gap by 2013.

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  1. wollo

    Some of you chaps are just too silly to realise that this is a direct attact on your rights and liberties as free persons. These AWOL senators are the line in the sand between you and total ownership of the USA by the rich and by overly influential individuals such as the Kochs. You think the senators want to do this? – that they have not considered the dire consequences?

    You'll wake up in some Republican nirvana one day living in third world hovels and working for peanuts yet still imagining that you're all going to be millionaires. You're cheering on your own demise, you loopy buggers!

    I came here 20 years ago and now earn $120K per year at a job where I have not had a single day out of work. I have no mortgage on a fine house, no credit card debt, several late model cars and a half million in my pension funds. I pay my kid's college fees in cash. I greatly value the excellent teachers, public safety personnel, public health personnel, road maintenance crews etc, etc, who make our lives in the US truly excellent and of such high quality compared to anywhere else in the world. To the plow driver who hauled his ass out of bed at 4:00 am this cold morning so I could drive to my comfy, easy, job at 8:00, Sir: I salute you, you are not paid enough. Yes, I hate paying taxes, who does? But, like the man said, taxes are the price we pay for living in a civilized society. What better tax than one that goes into the pockets of your fellow citizens for an honest day's work thta makes YOUR life better? Criminy – these good folk are your neighbors and friends, not your enemies

    Yes, I'm self-made. Yet, I give full credit to the Unions that fought for and maintain the fight for good working conditions, fair pay, and human rights. The unions that lifted my dad out of a deadly industry where money mattered more than human lives to one where he could earn a decent day's pay for the many tons of coal he wrangled out of a dark satanic mine and take his rest on Saturday as well as the Sabbath.

    To the people fighting the fight, good on you – you have right and justice on your side. To the clamouring suicidal whingers and tea-baggers, don't think for one second that the Republicans are doing this for you – you get the illusion of freedom yet the same jackboot on your neck. You won't know this until the bread and circuses run out and 20 lucky Chinese chaps have your well-paying job and your retirement funds.

    Have a superb day, y'all.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    Well said.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Average.Joe

    How can the facts that our representatives run away from a political battle not fly in the face of those that fought actual battles and gave their all to defend our very form of government and way of life. Their choice to flea is a resignation, and a repudiation of all that we hold dear. They should not be welcomed back!

    February 25, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mrs sippy

    Can i get a loan lol have a great day too

    February 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sam Osborne

    Next, water cannon?

    The union-busting bill that Republicans have rammed through the lower house of the Wisconsin Legislature takes away collective bargaining rights from all public employees with local police, firefighters and state troopers being exempted by law.

    However, more silently and like Kadafi the empowered man at the top will need to make certain that all of his Exempt Guard is unswervingly loyal-it should not take long to cull out any misfits and troublemakers. Some state police, who must be assumed to be loyalist to the ruling regime, were sent out in the deep of night to homes of opposition members with orders to compel them to come in.

    As for the rabble in the street, will funds be found to arm the firefighters with water cannons?

    February 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Wisconson is pertty I seen pictuers it is green in spring time and white in winyter I like it

    February 25, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    I wonder how many teachers and state workers voted for Walker. If YOU voted for him, you are getting what you deserve! Vote for a conservative and this is what happens!!

    March 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom S

      Yes. Isn't it GREAT!?

      March 4, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Brad

    looks like the govener wants to be a dictator. Why are the police and fire any better than the teachers as you should want good teachers teaching our youth whom will be the future politians, you need to take care of the teachers as well as the others! why aren't the governer and legislatures taking a cut in pay amd also paying for their own health insurance and retirement

    March 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
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