Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch (D – Shorewood) released the following statement regarding the Seventh Circuit Court ruling that upheld Act 10 on narrow legal grounds:
“Due to the actions by legislative Republicans and Governor Walker, our last legislative session will go down as one of the most divisive and polarizing in our state’s history. Today’s court decision serves as a stark reminder that legislative Republicans and Governor Walker rammed through extreme and highly partisan legislation that ‘rewards friends and punishes opponents’ and has consequently been tied up in courts at taxpayer expense.
“Regardless of today’s ruling, our constituents clearly don’t want to be paying for the work of their elected officials through legal fees. Rather, they have demanded that we roll up our sleeves, look each other in the eye, and genuinely work together to address our communities’ critical needs and priorities in ways that don’t abuse political power or betray public trust.
“Both Republicans and Democrats alike campaigned on promises of bipartisanship, creating jobs, and supporting education. My hope is that my Republican colleagues will work with us on these very real and critical issues and move away from the ideological favoritism and political punishment that plagued our state under their leadership this past legislative session.”