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Rep. Pasch Statement on Act 10 Ruling

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

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.”

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CowDung January 18, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Please explain how the legislation was 'rammed though'. The Budget Repair legislation was one of the longest debated bills in recent legislative history. 61 hours of debate is hardly 'ramming it through'. From the Milwaukee Journal: " After a bitter, 61-hour debate that was the longest in living memory, the sleep-starved state Assembly voted in just seconds early Friday to approve a watershed proposal repealing most union bargaining rights held by public workers." http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/116824378.html Contrast that with Doyle's 2009 budget repair legislation that was 'rammed though'--passed on party line vote, without any public hearings/input less than 24 hours after it was introduced.
Keith Schmitz January 18, 2013 at 10:08 PM
God, when you guys get a bogus story it's like taking a chew toy away from a dog. It's wrong and here's why -- http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2010/dec/05/jeff-fitzgerald/jeff-fitzgerald-says-gov-jim-doyle-and-democrats-r/ -- but as I know from person experience no matter how untruthful a story, you guys will repeat the lie over and over again. For you nonpartisan folks who are looking in on this post, do read this link. The GOP will run with this regardless of its lack of truthfulness.
Bob McBride January 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM
From the link above, in reference to the way the bill was passed, versus the figures stated by Fitzgerald: ************************ "But what about the way the bill was passed? It was pushed through the Legislature at warp speed -- two days -- when compared with four previous repair bills dating to 2002. The range on those was from 21 to 150 days. The speed was partly a function of the Democrats controlling both houses and the governor’s office. As for the lack of public hearings, Fitzgerald is right -- there were none."
CowDung January 18, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Keith: Funny how it was rated as 'True' when Walker made the statement. http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/feb/23/scott-walker/wisconsin-gov-scott-walker-says-democratic-senator/ "Accused by Senate Democrats of rushing a vote on his repair bill, Walker fired back with his own charge. He said that two years earlier, many of those senators had rammed through a billion-dollar tax hike contained in a Democratic repair bill -- in 24 hours and without public input. The record is clear. We rate Walker’s statement True."
CowDung January 18, 2013 at 10:58 PM
...and it appears that Walker's statement was different. Fitzgerald's statement was rated 'mostly false' based on the size of the tax increase. He was correct on the other points--it was rammed through without public input.
Students First January 18, 2013 at 11:40 PM
"roll up our sleeves, look each other in the eye, and genuinely work together" ************************************** Is that what the democrats did when they drove to Illinois to avoid facing their reality? The constitution doesn't require bi-partisanship. Should their be a bi-partisan decision on whether to take a little bit of poison that will kill you or a lot of poison that will kill you? When bi-partisanship translates into a choice between bad policy and terrible policy, republicans are accused of not working with the democrats. Republicans and citizens of Wisconsin are tired of being told the government of Wisconsin is better governing each individual's life than the individual themselves. The government has a role, but the role does not include meddling in every aspect of our lives. Government's role is to protect our individual rights. Nowhere does our State or Federal constitution declare it is the role of government to be an integral part and active participant in all facets of our lives and guarantee a standard of living, health or financial outcomes. The government's role is to be like a referee in the game of life, not one of the competitors with a monopoly on the use of force to win anywhere they choose. Roll up your sleeves, Sandy, and help the State of Wisconsin's state government return to it's intended and constitutional role for the people, otherwise roll up your office and move to Illinois where they love politicians like you.
Greg January 19, 2013 at 04:44 AM
It sounds like Sandy got a splinter in her butt from riding her broom.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) January 20, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Sandy who? LOSER Liberal
Mike January 20, 2013 at 05:55 PM
I am sorry you feel the need to talk this way, "Nuitari".
The Donny Show January 21, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Tied up in court huh Sandy? Which party has decided that every bill they dont agree with they need to take to court? Remember it is YOUR Supreme Leader and Savior that LOVES to remind us "elections have consequences" and uses "the people have spoken" to defend his policies. Well, Sandy the people spoke TWICE in telling you and the libtards WE SUPPORT WALKER.
The Donny Show January 22, 2013 at 08:13 PM
All the Walker hates should donate their tax refund that Walker is going to give them to their local schools. A. It will decrease their tax burden and give more of the EITC they whine about losing. B. They can re-fund the poor schools that Walker has created. C. The whiny teachers union thugs will get more $$$ to pay with. Not one of them WILL do it, though. All talk, no action.

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