Bill cutting collective bargaining passes in Wisconsin
Republican Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald speaks to reporters following a session of the State Senate at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
March 9th, 2011
07:47 PM ET

Bill cutting collective bargaining passes in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Republican-led state Senate passed Gov. Scott Walker's proposed restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees Wednesday, getting around a Democratic walkout by stripping financial provisions from the "Budget Repair" bill.

"Tonight, the Senate will be passing the items in the Budget Repair Bill that we can with the 19 members who actually do show up and do their jobs," Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, the chamber's Republican majority leader, said in a statement announcing the move.

Senators were able to move ahead by voting only on the non-financial aspects of Walker's proposed bill, which requires fewer members for a quorum. But the move drew howls of outrage from outside the chamber, where pro-union demonstrators chanted "Shame, shame," as the bill passed.

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- CNN's Ed Lavandera contributed to this report.

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  1. juliapurin

    Gov Walker is a crooked politician. He cares nothing for the people of Wisconsin. He created the "shortfall" by giving breaks to his political contributors and is making us pay. Congratulations, Walker. You've just made Wisconsin stupider. Hey, maybe that means the fools that voted for you will re-elect you. That is, if anyone still has a pot to pee in. You can sign me: A wife of a University of Wisconsin Professor who makes a embarassingly small salary (we took it because of the benefits- but you've robbed of us of that. Thanks for honoring your contracts-NOT. ) We're getting financially screwed. We'lll be leaving Wisconsin. There's no reason to stay.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeenWaitingforSanity

      Understanding bankruptcy is not that complicated. You can't just make money fall from the trees. You're demanding that others should be forced to pay for your husbands generous salary and benefits when they clearly don't value his job as you do. In your job search, I am guessing you will find many other bankrupt states to move to as well.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • dsh

      Please go, and don't let the door hit you on the way out!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mark

    Shut down the government on these anusholes.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BD

    Throwing more and more money at the schools and the teachers doesn't FIX THE PROBLEM.
    Giving teachers raises doesn't make the students suddenly behave, nor is it the magic
    bullet to raise scores.
    Bravo to Wisconsin! Looking forward to Corbett doing the same thing here in PA.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ann

    I thought that the reason for the their actions was to deal with the budget. Now, they concede it is really not budget related.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      Who, exactly, conceded it was not about balancing the budget? Was it your Dem senator hiding out in another state who is now slinking back across the border with his head between his legs kissing is butt goodbye?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scotty

    I'm not a republican, but I have no idea how they can be at the center of the hatred. A group of DEMOCRATS RAN AWAY. Not even a union could protect a worker who doesn't show up to their job...

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mark

    This gov. Is an absolute moron. I am absolutely ashamed that I am a republican voter after this and the type of crap that their and gov. Rick Scott of Florida is killing middle class workers rights. It's an absolute shame that this has passed.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • pbd

      You're not a Republican. You're a troll.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      Is it difficult being a closet Democrat?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sean

    Unions are finally getting what they deserve. All of you libs don't seem to care about the facts. WI gov't employees can still bargain for wages. This just finally strips the union worker of the ability to say "that's not my job".

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker

      Read the bill. You have it backwards. Republicans are trash.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Rick could you post specifics please?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. plarp

    Do the Republicans think it's a really good idea to have a recall election at the same time as a presidential.. If your a republican who wants Obama out of office this is bad news.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lori

    Let the recalls begin. I hope Walker and the rest of the Republicans are prepared to lose their jobs once they have a year under their belts! This is a largely Democratic state and the polls are not with those who want to strip collective bargaining rights.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      Sez who? You and a couple of liberal polls? I think you are in for a big surprise at the next election when the Dems are shown that a vast majority of voters agreed with Walker and the Dems. Then you will see what really can be done about you and yours!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AJ Igel

    I thought this was all about the economy, but they cut any fiscal issues to pass it, thereby negating their whole excuse and exposing this as pure partisanship at its worst.

    Everyone praising Walker should realize that he didn't pass a bill that will help the deficit at all, and he's likely a one-termer (assuming he isn't recalled, which is highly likely). And considering the current chair of the national GOP is the guy who helped elect Walker in wisconsin might mean more losses for the GOP.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. USA! USA! USA! WOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Democracy works!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LovesAmericans

    Sing with me!!!
    Come Mr. American, now let's dump Obanana
    Viictory come and the libtards go home
    6 states, 7 states, 8 states, won!
    Victory come, and the unions are gone.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Carol

    I will never vote republican as long as I live. These representatives just screwed their own citiznes. They should be so ashamed. Then again, they just handed the democrats the election in 2012!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • LovesAmericans

      Good thing Wisconsin has lots of cheese to go with their WHINE.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      Who cares as you never voted Republican anyway!

      March 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Silvio

    Hitler is the governor of Wisconsin!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    Finally, the good thing to come of this is that the disgusting behaviour of democrats and the union thugs has been exposed. Their treatment of a democratically elected governor shows their lack of respect for democracy when things don't go their way. The taxpayers are the winners as anytime cost cuts are needed the unions instead of accepting a lower pay to keep service at the same level don't accept forcing the local administrators to cut the number of garbage men or teachers thus affecting the service to the tax paying public. They know fully well that they are going to be hired back and during better economic times the unions will negotiate for a higher pay again and thus the cycle continues.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silvio

      I was not going to vote for Obama. Now I will. Republicans are the enemies of the workers.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howard

      John, what union thugs are you talking about? Not a single person was arrested during the protest. The so called $7.5 million damage to the capitol was only $330k. The Democrats agreed to the increase in pension and benefit payments, but the Governor wanted to strip all but negotiatin for wages. That has 0 to do with the budget. Massachusets and New Mexico have bargaining rights for their public employees and they only have an 8 and 9 percent shortfall. So where is the proof? No one has yet to give proof because all they wanted to try and do is bust the union.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
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