The Heat Is On In WI
Well, the WI Senate offered their AWOL members one last chance to return by 4pm Wisconsin time today, or they’d be held in contempt. And, well, let’s let WTMJ tell the rest of the story:
The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Senate has signed orders finding 14 AWOL Democrats in contempt. The orders signed Thursday allow the sergeant at arms to detain the missing senators and use police force if necessary.
The Democrats say they are all in Illinois and won’t return.
And today we also learned exactly why the weasels packed up and ran from another local Wisconsin media outlet:
Before protesters stormed the capitol, the mayor of the city of Madison tried to pull a fast one. The governor’s budget repair bill was on the fast track, and Madison Mayor Dave Ciesliewicz was racing against the clock to pass new union contracts first.
E-mails obtained by the FOX6 Investigators show that the mayor enlisted the help of State Senator Mark Miller. They both tried to convince the Secretary of State to hold up the bill by taking the maximum 10 days allowed by law before publishing the bill.
They were trying to buy some time so they could ratify new contracts to protect workers from benefit cuts. Citizens for Responsible Government Rep. Chris Kliesmet says, “This suggests, and this is a harsh word, collusion. There is collusion between some politicians and public sector employee unions. Period.”
Ed Morrissey at HotAir explains why the order of the contract and the bill matter:
To make matters worse, if the state law goes into effect first, the amendments to the agreements will make them null and void under the provisions of the new law. If that happens, all our employees will be subject to the benefit cuts immediately, instead of at the end of the current contract.
In other words, in order to keep the Democrat-union gravy train rolling for at least the length of the current contract, they had to finalize the contract before the law got signed. So the Democrats ran away to keep the law from going into effect, and in the process, they thumbed their nose at the voters of Wisconsin.
Let’s hope the Wisconsin voters return the gesture the next time these Democrats are up for reelection.