Wisconsin Democratic state senators face $100 fine each day they miss work
Republican State Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald speaks to Democratic Senators via telephone in February.
March 2nd, 2011
04:08 PM ET

Wisconsin Democratic state senators face $100 fine each day they miss work

Wisconsin Senate Republicans have voted on a resolution that would fine missing Democrats $100 every day they remain away from the state capital, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told reporters.

Fourteen Democratic state senators have fled to Illinois to prevent a
quorum on a budget bill that would curtail the collective bargaining rights of most public sector workers. Wisconsin state constitution says they only need a quorum of 20 votes for fiscal issues.

The measure would take effect Friday and could also force the absentee lawmakers to forfeit their parking spaces and discretionary spending accounts.

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  1. Man-up Dems

    It's time for the lost sheep to come home. The kool-aid from Washington has stopped following. The absentee Dems should not be fined. There needd to be a recall vote taken and remove them from office for failure to conduct the people of Wisconsin's business. They have the right to protest as an average citizen. But, once elected, they now must represent the will of all the people, not just the groups who paid into there campaigns. Get back to work or be "FIRED!"

    March 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Then Why won't Walker meet with the unions? And the group Walker represents are Corporations.

      March 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Man-up Dems

      Don't you know, the governor doesn't have to negotiate with hostage takers. Unions are becoming the new economic terrorist. Did you get the message last November? Amecian tax payers are sick and tired of being forced to pay for eveyone elses benefits. Collective bargining has turn into a economic arm twisting on the taxpayers – because union dues fund the socialist agenda they want. From DC to Middle Ameica from sea to shining sea. I'm not sharing the wealth anymore – O'Mama.

      March 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      To Scottish Mama......you ask why wont Gov Walker meet with the union! The union (mob) bosses do not deserve to be met with,,,,,they are thugs that line the pockets of democrats with middle class tax dollars. The system as it stands now is criminal. CRIMINAL – I cannot believe that we have allowed our middle class tax dollars to fund a corrupt system that puts money in the pocket of those that legislate. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT GOVERNMENT UNIONS HERE. PRIVATE UNIONS ARE NOT FUNDED WITH OUR HARD EARNED MONEY. So those of you that keep griping about middle clasws right to unionize you are right.......BUT GOVERNMENT UNIONS HAVE TO GO....THEY ARE FUNDED WITH YOUR TAX DOLLARS.
      The Republican Governors that are trying to balance their state budgets without raising YOUR taxes are trying to dismantle government unions. You know Scottish Mama and the rest of you that just dont get it.......your real estate taxes will sky rocket supporting a corrupt system that grants unheard of pensions in comparison to the private sector. You need to wake up and really become informed. How can you not get it? And no I am not a Republican....I am an Independ...someone who can think for themselves. I think the Dems have health care right.....it amazes me how we give illegals, new immigrants and just about everyone else in the world free medical....but our own American citizens are not allowed medical care. Just wanted to list this example so all of you start thinking for yourself and not standing behind someone just because I HAVE BEEN A DEMOCRAT MY WHOLE LIFE. MY DAD WAS DEMOCRAT. MY GRANDFATHER WAS DEMOCRAT. THINK FOR YOURSELVES.

      March 3, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Man-up Dems

      Donna- we may not agree on everything. Yet, all I could think to reply was "AMEN"!

      You hit the nail on the head. I'm glad to see others start using the Dem's own language againts them. For years they have terrorized and demonized anyone who pushed back or spoke out in any form to them. I believe the "sleepier" had awoken. TAKE BACK AMERICA!

      No more mob rule. Elected officials are to represent us and we will hold them accountable for all their actions – good ones they are rewarded with re election with term limits- bad ones, just vote them out or impeach them. And some, just take them straight to jail (for fraud).

      March 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @ manup- you are name calling again.

      March 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Man-up Dems

      Scottish O'mama I must have struck a cord finally you understand.

      March 3, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dan

    Illuminati is here

    March 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Man-up Dems

      Dan, welcome to the New World Order – Big Brother – and One Monetary System. Read what the IMF is pushing... Dollar will no longer be the standard reserve fund for the world. Can you say – Yen? Oil prices will no longer be valued in US DOLLARS. The IMF plans to or has aleady created a new money system. As close as you can get to the "mark of the beast – 666".

      March 3, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Man-up Dems

    The most recent news, Dem's lose parking space and discretionary spending if they fail to report to work today. If no discretionary spending, how will they pay for the hotel bill? As for parking spaces, I consede them to the union workers. They at least deserve those parking spaces. Their union dues paid for them.

    March 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sofa king cool

    So let me understand.

    Public sector unions are bad because they are funded by our tax dollars? I thought the union dues were paid from the union MEMBERS pay checks??


    Giving massive tax cuts to corporations and billionaires (that if collected would be our tax dollars) responsible for the budget deficits (if the money isn't collected, the govt can't spend it, hence the deficit in the budget.)is a good thing?

    March 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Man-up Dems

      You've got a lot to learn. The tax payers should not fund their pensions and insurance.

      Would you like to send me a check to fund my expenses? Send $8500. That represents my contribution for my family's health care and my 401k.

      Get real and grow up. No more free rides.

      March 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Maybe there shouldnt be funded pensions and insuance, I am saying they had already negociated that. It is the taking if rights of workers. That is were the indifference is, do not dismantle the working peoples safety, that is why they have osha, businesses cannot regulate themselves.

      March 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Sofa King.....no you dont understand like so many. Government union members pay their dues to the union bosses.
      The union bosses in turn pay off democrats – FACT – DEMS EVEN ADMIT IT. Then the democrats give sweet deals to Government Union members that are paid with our tax dollars.....and lets keep going........the deals that are made require middle class taxes to be raised to fund government union members salaries, cadillac health care plans, lavish pensions, benefits that you and I will never see....to top it off they get to retire with full pensions after 20 years of work.

      March 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Sofa King you cant possibly work for a government union otherwise you would understand this.
      Unless you work for the government you are standing up for a system that is totally taking advantage of you and the rest of middlce America.

      March 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Man-up Dems

      They have the protection as I do. OSHA, EEOC, etc. However, they get more rights than I do. Like COLA each year. Can't be fired for poor performance. Promoted and raises not based upon performance. And the employer (better known as the tax payer) is not going to stand for it anymore.

      March 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Donna

    The various govenors across the country that are trying to balance their state budgets without raising tax dollars must be supported fully. If they do not succeed we will see continued yearly increases in our tax bills to support the lavish salaries, benefits, cadillac health care plans, sweet pension plans, of Government workers.......while the rest of us are relegated to survive on social secuirty that will be cut, medicare health care that is substandard, and we are looking at a retirement age of 70 years old. Goverment workers get to retire with full pensions at 54 years old!!!!! SWEET! Government workers are the sweethearts of America now – they get negoitated raises every year, most up to 20 sick days a year, 4 weeks vacation after 5 years, looking at retirement at 54, the best health care plan in the country, oh and lets not forget – They can never be fired. The rest of us face unemployment every day in a failing economy, we see for sale signs all across our towns, foreclosure is a reality, wages are down due to the influx of so many immigrants, ......now we are being told social security cuts coming, eligibility raising to 70 years old, Medicare cuts,......all the while we pay, and we pay, and we pay for
    Government workers – all of them – senators, represetatives, teachers, police, firemen.....so they can retire on the backs of middle America

    March 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Centrist

    @Jim_Davis: Fine you're a registered Democrat (why you would align with ONE ideology is beyond me, but that's your choice) and I'm an independent. Let's disregard the partisan pro union argument. I've watched Fox news after this past election and many Repub talking heads on tv claimed the country was conservative and they were given a blank check to undo everything (regardless of whether it was good or bad) that the Dems did when they held a majority. Their assessment was wrong in my opinion. I believe people didn't like the hurry up cram through style that the Dems pulled and now Wisconsin is doing the same thing only it's the Rs doing it. I don't agree with the Dems leaving, but how else was this going to come to light? If Repubs are truly interested in fiscal responsibility then they should make cuts everywhere. The teacher's union is a well known Democratic voting block and this reeks of payback. The government needs to address many issues like social programs and defense. Lawmakers always make sure they get a raise, but teachers are somehow being greedy. Whether or not you watch Sean or Rush doesn't matter. They are saying what you're saying almost exactly.

    March 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
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