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. FLVoter

    Thank all the morons that voted the GOP into power. If you think they have finished taking away from mainstreet you are very wrong. They only care about the wealthiest of the population. This guy will be a 1 term governor just like Mr. Scott in FL.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. GM

    Buh bye, Wisconson GOP. You're days are running short.
    Let's see how much of Wisconsin's resources that you can gift to your Stalinist puppeteers before you get thrown out of office.

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

      wis. people spoke when they kicked out the dems.... LOUDLY

      March 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kdm0828

    Down with commi unions, get a job like the rest of us!

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

      They have a job you blithering idiot.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TomFoolery

    Bleat bleat bleat bleat bleat! Koch brothers!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Luke

    Wait – so they passed only the non-financial aspects of the bill even though this entire battle was based on fixing the financial status of the State? That doesn't even make sense.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Larry

    Now is the time for the people of Wisconsin to recall their dictator. This is just wrong! This is not democracy in action.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sam

    I live in Texas, a right to work state. For those of you who don't know what a right to work state is, it is a state that doesn't recognize unions. That is if someone goes on strike they get a pink slip. Do you want to know something else that is interesting? Texas has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the United States. The housing market is one of the best. The cost of living is one of the lowest. The taxes are some of the lowest. That 15 some odd billion dollar deficit that is 15 billion more than revenue on a annual basis, there's enough savings in the state's coffers to cover for it, but the legislature in Austin is making the cuts now so that it doesn't get out of hand in a few years. So I say screw unions, and get spending lower than revenue from fees, fines, and taxes. That is the way to true economic sustainability. Texas got out of the recession 6 months ago. California is still in theirs. Unions need to GTFO!

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

      And how are your schools? No need to answer, I already know!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luke

      And TX is one of the most poorly ranked in education, one of the highest in teen pregnancy, one of the lowest in terns of IQ and one of the highest in high school drop out rates. And the budget deficit is $25 billion. It would be more, except the bailout funds from 2009 were used to plug the budget deficit instead of going to projects within its borders.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walker is the Stupidest Governor in America !

      You are a lying piece of garbage ! Texas is heavily in the Red just like a lot of other states and it has it's own problems with unemployment as well ! I'm from there so I can call you on your Bull !

      March 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rick from LA

    So when does the rebellion begin?

    March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CENUF

    Wisconsin resorts are about to get their behind's kicked by a massive boycott.

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

      I'll sign on to that! Boycott WI!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LovesAmericans

    Hit the road leech
    And don't' you come back no more no more no more no more
    Hit the road leech
    You're out of a job!!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sean

    All of you idiots who are comparing Gov. Walker to Hitler need to get a life. The average teacher in Wisconsin makes $106K per year including benefits. The government workers have been fleecing country for years. THERE IS NO MORE MONEY!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom B.

      The average teacher's salary in Wisconsin is $50,000. Starting is $22,000.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. katie moore

    So exactly how much $$ can I make being hired to post 50 comments on any news story in favor of the right-wing?

    March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jim Frank

    Do you really think that partisan politics and governments will result in fair treatment of government employees in the public sector? Without them political appointees and cronyism will rule government jobs and waste will balloon. Without the protections of a union, government workers will be victimized by political logic which is far more capricious and villainous than business logic.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rachel

    This is a straight up crock. The jerk Governor claims that collective bargining is a fiscal issue, but the gop senate is able the split the bill and pass it because it deals with a non fiscal issue!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Loogie

    At least the cowards can return home now. Poor babies.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
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