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. Brutus

    $137 million in the red. Might I suggest to the state of Wisconsin that they recruit their women ages 20-30 to work in the neighboring states of MN,IA,and I'll. They can moonlight as call girls and WI may collect 80% of the proceeds. Scratch that, the women of Wisconsin are such deplorable dogs that they won't have but a dozen clients. Shameful.

    February 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. being mrs sippy

    I'm sure most people on here vote. Nice try bizarro sippy! The job thing I will give you, although some people are probably working their way through school so they kill time by blogging. Just my guess though.

    February 24, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ernie

    When a private company let unions force them into paying more than they can afford, they go bankrupt. No jobs in that company. Now that the unions are "bankrupting" states & nations, what is suppose to happen? Even a slow-witted person should know we can't keep this up, but unions don't have brains or morals; just greedy lowlife thugs. Fire them all, there are plenty unemployed people who would love to have the jobs, even at half the wages these cry-babies get.

    February 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mrs sippy

    um that wasnt me on that last post i know u would like to be me tho! its 50 years old yea but it still holds water you knuckle head i bet all those bums who cant show up for work dont get elected again im takin bets... And i have 2 jobs and while on break i come here to hear all the whiners complain about how bad they have it. all in all its pretty entertaining! Thank you all for helping me through my days at work! when the tough get goin wisconsin democrats rruuunnnnn!!! That one is way older than 50 years but it still holds water too!

    February 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WeThePeople

    Union workers pay taxes, contribute to society, and WE VOTE! An honest evaluation of cost-cutting measures should include a slash & burn on the BS welfare programs that prop up the people who don't pay taxes, don't contribute positively to society and don't vote. Stop trying to placate the haters on the backs of the workers. WE WILL VOTE YOU OUT!! This is not about balancing the budget. This is a power grab for big business and more back-door dealings by corrupt politicians. I support the protesters and the Democratic lawmakers who are saying, "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!" Also, the police officers were doing what they were ordered to do. They DO NOT agree with crooked Scott Walker & and his pimp daddies the Koch Bros.

    February 24, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Soooo...

    Dear mrs sippy: Really I'm not against the states making cuts, but it's clear that this campaign in Wisconsin is aimed at people who generally vote Democrat. Have you noticed that not one Republican senator has called for pay cuts in the legislative branch? Most people are fair minded enough to see that responsible budgeting is needed, but don't aim your cuts at a few people while hiding behind limited government or fiscal responsibility. I have yet to see any policy makers take a financial hit. People didn't elect Repubs because they bought into the right wing trickle down philosophy. They had a choice between dumb or dumber as is always the case. If your dream life is working two $7.00 an hour jobs that's your choice, but please don't make it mine. I never vote a straight ticket, so when I vote for the best option I expect them to do all that needs to be done which includes *gasp* compromise with people you don't agree with. Indiana wants to meddle in private sector unions which is exactly what the Rs blasted Dems for this past election campaign is it not? Too much government in the private sector was once a bad thing. Lol you don't need to answer that. We both know you can't.

    February 24, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Patty

    By the way!!! The cheif of Police "FRitz" Was just appointed by the gov. He is the father of Senators Fritz and Fritz they R brothers. HOw Convenient!!!

    February 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Kind of like nepitism. The rich mans union.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. mrs sippy

    Folks i love the bantor you finally engaged me instead of attacking yes i agree that way to many citizens in this country are getting a free ticket it grows on families and makes for a vicious cycle i just dont understand why govt workers have a union in my four year stint in the navy i didnt have a choice and of course that would be silly and to you haters i get around 2 days off a month and one job pays around 34 buck an hour i work my behind off and dont complain about how my govt is supposedly doin me wrong now thats how you tell a story with dignity

    February 24, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dom youngross

    Let the layoffs of public employees in Wisconsin begin.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. leg irons

    Drag the incompetents back for a vote. Or doc their pay.

    February 25, 2011 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. velmacarol123

    My wife and two children and I live in the state of Illinois. Our current health insurance plan is a Choice Plan that is provided by Wise Health Insurance. The plan itself is a consumer driven health care plan.

    February 25, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tede

    Fire the people we're paying to represent us and elect some common or normal people to do the job.Also shoud make the no shows pay the cost of sending the state police and doc their pay fr the times they weenied out of work

    February 25, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. kathryn Rothchilde

    Reps behaving like preschool children.In the real world these people wouldve been FIRED for going AWOL from their JOBS. Adults dont handle their employment so casually.

    February 25, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. ed bailey

    Before any lawmaker in this country starts ripping up the lives of citizens they should be required by law to give up a significant chunk of their fat cat life.
    First of course they make the law and they will give themselves a raise for doing such a good job!whoa, if someone was doing a good job our poop wouldn't be as far out of control as it is.out of the corner of their mouth they will tell you differently.

    February 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ed bailey

    As far as firing them for playing hookie on the taxpayers dime, fire THE MAJORITY OF THEM.Mickey mouse and Goofy could do better even when fighting over Minnie 's affections!

    February 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
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