Walker gives 24-hour deadline to fleebaggers

posted at 1:36 pm on February 28, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

If the Wisconsin state Senators who fled the state intended on highlighting their opposition to Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill, then the governor offered his congratulations on their success.  In his statement this morning, though, Walker also told the fleebaggers that any further delay would cost the state $165 million in a lost opportunity to restructure the state’s debt — and that continued delay will force Walker to cut jobs to save money:

“According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, if Senate Democrats refuse to return to Wisconsin and cast their vote the next day the option to refinance a portion of the state’s debt will be off the table,” the statement says.

In addition, Cullen Werwie, the governor’s spokesman, said in a statement: “Senate Democrats claimed they fled the state to slow down the process so the public had enough time to learn about the budget repair bill. If that was their true intention, they have been successful.

“Now they have one day to return to work before the state loses out on the chance to refinance debt, saving taxpayers $165 million this fiscal year. Failure to return to work and cast their votes will lead to more painful and aggressive spending cuts in the very near future.”

Werwie said he was giving the Democrats 24-hour notice. He added that the governor will delay sending out layoff notices “as long as possible.”

With Walker raising the stakes, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel provided its readers with the context of spending on public employees:

But by any measure, as Walker has noted and most state employees acknowledge, the state will continue to provide rich health-insurance benefits compared with the private sector, where nearly 40% of employers don’t offer health benefits at all.

Under Walker’s bill, state employees – including elected state legislators, who receive the same benefits – would pay about $600 more for single coverage, raising their share of that cost to about $1,000 a year. For family coverage, they would pay $1,476 more, raising their share of the cost to about $2,500 a year.

The proposal would increase their share of the premium to 12.4%. But that would still be well below the share paid by employees in the private sector, who by one estimate pay an average of 19% of the cost for single coverage and 29% for family coverage.

It also is less than the 28% of the premium paid on average by federal employees.

The union has accepted these changes in principle, now that Walker has pushed his budget-repair bill with collective-bargaining reform built into it, as Walker promised during the election.  The PEUs would rather accept cuts in the near term than the ability to browbeat the state and localities in later negotiations.  However, these are the very same financial changes that unions characterized as … well

“We certainly aren’t the haves, in spite of what he says. I just see this as all political posturing,” said Marty Beil.

Beil is executive director of the Wisconsin State Employees Union , which represents 22,000 state workers in various departments including corrections, universities, mental health, and social work.

It’s like the plantation owner talking to the slaves. We’ve moved in Walker’s mentality from public service to public servitude,” Beil explained to FOX 11. When asked “Do you really think comparison to plantation owner and slave is accurate?” Beil replied: “I do. I really do because here he sits as the incoming governor, basically issuing mandates about what he wants to happen. Governors and employers don’t do that especially in the modern era of labor relations. We sit down at a table to talk about things.”

The police reversed course yet again today and finally closed the state capitol building to visitors, ending the protests inside:

The state Department of Administration tightened rules on access to the statehouse Monday morning after deciding the night before not to force out hundreds of demonstrators who were camped out in the rotunda. Some of those protesters from the weekend are still in the building.

Protesters lined up outside the King St. entrance to the Capitol Monday morning, waiting to be let in, while others began to march around the building.

“We are going to let people in in a measured way, but we have to get this building cleaned up,” Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said Monday.

On Tuesday, Gov. Scott Walker will deliver his budget address in the state Capitol’s Assembly chambers to a joint session of the Legislature and the Walker administration said Monday that part of the restrictions on public access were in preparation for that.

Walker addresses a joint session of the legislature tomorrow night, in what will surely be showdown moment between himself and the fleebaggers.  If they don’t send someone to provide a quorum at that point, Walker will almost certainly announce layoffs and blame them on Democrats who won’t participate as a minority, but instead insist on dictating to the majority.  Unfortunately for everyone, there seems to be no way for fleebaggers to save face at this point.  Walker is obviously not retreating from his position — and since he has the votes necessary to pass the bill, he doesn’t have to retreat.

Eventually, the absent Senators will have to return or possibly end up forfeiting their seats in the legislature.  Walker has until the end of June to pass a budget, and it’s difficult to see how the fleebaggers can justify their continued obstinacy, or how they can justify returning after the layoffs and higher debt payments have already occurred.  They’d do less damage to themselves now by returning today and declaring a public-relations victory.


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Walker bringin’ the hammer. Yes!

pugwriter on February 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Reaganesque!

thebrokenrattle on February 28, 2011 at 1:41 PM

We sit down at a table to talk about things.

Not when you act like spoiled toddlers, @$$goblin!

When my kids act like that, I don’t negotiate with them; I tell them how it is.

CurtZHP on February 28, 2011 at 1:41 PM

The unions are going to destroy the state to save their power.

Pretty much the game plan for any parasite.

pedestrian on February 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

The dems are doubling down. Too bad walker has a few moderate gop who may cave

cmsinaz on February 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

“Now they have one day to return to work before the state loses out on the chance to refinance debt, saving taxpayers $165 million this fiscal year.

That sort of begs the question…Who gets the $165M?

percysunshine on February 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Hope that temper tantrum felt good, fleebaggers!

JammieWearingFool on February 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

“We are going to let people in in a measured way, but we have to get this building cleaned up

I’ll say! It must be a mess. They should charge the clean up to the Unions.

jeanie on February 28, 2011 at 1:43 PM

The union has accepted these changes in principle, now that Walker has pushed his budget-repair bill with collective-bargaining reform built into it, as Walker promised during the election.

Is there a source on Walker promising collective-bargaining reform during the election?

I keep hearing talking points that he never mentioned this, and would like some rebuttal material.

Chomsky Dance Recital on February 28, 2011 at 1:43 PM

And meanwhile, more of the new civility from Wisconsin Democrat Gordon Hintz.

These people are seriously out of control. [Looks into camera, winks: "Thank you, Mr. Obama!]

capitalist piglet on February 28, 2011 at 1:43 PM

The first cut I suggest is firing those who faked illness.

WannabeAnglican on February 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

This. This is why it’s important for GOP pols to stand their ground and to exist for more than just holding office. Understand your principles.
Because, no matter what a conservative politician does, he will be subject to Rule 12 smears.

joeindc44 on February 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Wow, thank you Gov. Walker! Please do not cave the the union thugs or the fleebaggers!
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letget on February 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Unfortunately for everyone, there seems to be no way for fleebaggers to save face at this point.

Seppuku

pseudonominus on February 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Walker has a backbone of steel. It’s amazing what one man with courage can do. Prayers for his good success.

paul1149 on February 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Walker is obviously not retreating from his position — and since he has the votes necessary to pass the bill, he doesn’t have to retreat.

You betcha. (He might have to reload tho’)

said it.

ted c on February 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

I for one hope they stay away.

Ward Cleaver on February 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

No more Mr nice guy

cmsinaz on February 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Walker and the GOP legislature have bent over backwards to not do anything drastic or controversial while the Senate Dems have been AWOL. While I think that was the right way to go, Gov Walker cannot in any way back down from this ultimatum to the Dems. If he does, he’ll be seen as weak and the Dems will continue to act like spoiled brats who can’t have their way.

thuljunior on February 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Wow. If he does this, I officially have a man crush on him.

Brilliant, really. He’s looked reasonable by let the children have their weeks-long tantrum. Now, he’s playing the role of daddy by calling them back to do their chores. If they refuse – punishment. I love it!

RedNewEnglander on February 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM

How can you sit down at the table when you’ve run away?

rbj on February 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM

And meanwhile, more of the new civility from Wisconsin Democrat Gordon Hintz.

These people are seriously out of control. [Looks into camera, winks: "Thank you, Mr. Obama!]

capitalist piglet on February 28, 2011 at 1:43 PM

This douche also was caught picking up prostitutes earlier this week.

Typical Democrat.

tetriskid on February 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Seppuku

pseudonominus on February 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

“Do honorable thing!”

Ward Cleaver on February 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Here’s the thing: if only 1 or 2 of the fleebaggers come back, they will be the most reviled people in the entire liberal/Democratic universe. They would rather forfeit their jobs than suffer that burden. I don’t think they’re coming back unless they all come back together. They are probably violating dozens of campaign finance laws, taking money from whoever to pay the bills.

WisCon on February 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM

This douche also was caught picking up prostitutes earlier this week.

Typical Democrat.

tetriskid on February 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM

So simply screwing the taxpayers isn’t enough?

Ward Cleaver on February 28, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Eventually, the absent Senators will have to return or possibly end up forfeiting their seats in the legislature. Walker has until the end of June to pass a budget, and it’s difficult to see how the fleebaggers can justify their continued obstinacy, or how they can justify returning after the layoffs and higher debt payments have already occurred. They’d do less damage to themselves now by returning today and declaring a public-relations victory.

OK, so how long before seats are forfeited?

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM

WisCon@1:46,
Is there an update on polling for or against Gov. Walker?
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letget on February 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Governor Walker’s first order of business for the fleebaggers in the Capitol – push broom and mop.

yoda on February 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM

That sort of begs the question…Who gets the $165M?

percysunshine on February 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Good point. The PEU pension plan might the the bondholder, in which case the unions would be the loser if the refinance goes through.

pedestrian on February 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM

“We certainly aren’t the haves, in spite of what he says. I just see this as all political posturing,” said Marty Beil.

And then goes on to say this:

“It’s like the plantation owner talking to the slaves. We’ve moved in Walker’s mentality from public service to public servitude,” Beil explained

yeah, no political posturing there.

So now slaves get the best deal on healthcare coverage, and 3 months off in the summer (plus twice as many holidays and spring break, winter break, etc.)??? sign me up.

Scrappy on February 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM

good Walker needs to show he means business. Not one sign of weakness or the dems will pounce.

unseen on February 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

The unions are going to destroy the state NATIONto save their power.

Pretty much the game plan for any parasite.

pedestrian on February 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

FIFY.

PappyD61 on February 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

How long until these AWOL Democrats start announcing their retirement to spend more time with their families?

Beats toting all this fleebaggage into the next election cycle.

JammieWearingFool on February 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Iron fist in an iron glove. Tough love.

a capella on February 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

That sort of begs the question…Who gets the $165M?

percysunshine on February 28, 2011 at 1:42 PM

The bondholders whom Walker is trying to renegotiate with, IIRC.

teke184 on February 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

This douche also was caught picking up prostitutes earlier this week.

Typical Democrat.

tetriskid on February 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Yes, I read that too – and now this. How in the world do people like this end up governing the rest of us? Leftists ruin everything they touch. Everything.

capitalist piglet on February 28, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Is there a source on Walker promising collective-bargaining reform during the election?

I keep hearing talking points that he never mentioned this, and would like some rebuttal material.

Chomsky Dance Recital on February 28, 2011 at 1:43 PM

If he didn’t highlight it before, it’s probably because it’s obvious that the only way that local school districts will have any leverage over Big Union is to take away collective bargaining on benefits. The unions actually own insurance companies, that they contractually force government to use, at extra cost to the taxpayers. He didn’t promise to attack just part of the crisis.

RBMN on February 28, 2011 at 1:51 PM

I love this guy.

SC.Charlie on February 28, 2011 at 1:51 PM

OK, so how long before seats are forfeited?

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/02/recall-efforts-initiated-against-7-awol-wisconsin-fleebaggers/

maybe sooner then they think

unseen on February 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM

He needs to start acting otherwise he will lose face for his idle threats

WoosterOh on February 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Gauntlet thrown.

Unfortunately for everyone, there seems to be no way for fleebaggers to save face at this point.
Seppuku
pseudonominus on February 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Ha. That would never happen, because it would require the Dems to have something akin to honor.

Vyce on February 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM

The bondholders whom Walker is trying to renegotiate with, IIRC.

teke184 on February 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

They must be laughing themselves silly.

percysunshine on February 28, 2011 at 1:53 PM

WisCon@1:46,
Is there an update on polling for or against Gov. Walker?
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letget on February 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM

This is the latest I’ve seen, from Friday:

A poll of Wisconsin voters released Thursday finds more of them support Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed reforms than oppose them.

The poll, conducted by former Bill Clinton political consultant Dick Morris, finds Walker’s reforms–as a package–are backed by 51 percent of the more than 400 likely voters surveyed while 47 percent indicated they were opposed.

WisCon on February 28, 2011 at 1:53 PM

ENDGAME.

Get back to work, fleebaggers.

Good Lt on February 28, 2011 at 1:53 PM

ted c on February 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Fire every teacher that called in sick, every poolice that refused an order!

Fire and Reload! You betcha!<:)

dhunter on February 28, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Hintz cited in connection to Appleton prostitution sting

State Rep. Gordon Hintz was issued a municipal citation in Appleton earlier this month for violating a city sexual misconduct ordinance.

Appleton police said the citation was issued Feb. 10 in conjunction with an ongoing investigation of Heavenly Touch Massage Parlor, 342 W. Wisconsin Ave., in Appleton. Police searched the business and a nearby residence in the 1300 block of North Division Street Jan. 28, after investigators had staked out the properties for several days after receiving a tip.

tetriskid on February 28, 2011 at 1:54 PM

the unions should have taken lessons from the NRA. The NRA unlike the unions gives to both parties. and endorses candidates from both parties. the unions have become the plaything of the dems and therefore their future rests on the dems maintianing control….They lose that control and the unions are finished….

unseen on February 28, 2011 at 1:54 PM

“We are going to let people in in a measured way, but we have to get this building cleaned up,” Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said Monday.

Isn’t it funny how the ‘eco-warrior’ lefties always leave garbage in their wake.

Nasty, nasty democrats.

Squiggy on February 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM

It can be tomorrow if they wanted. What the Democratic Senators have done is felonious, which any Senator that is charged with a felony has vacated their seat.

WoosterOh on February 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Squiggy on February 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Eco-Warriors live like pigs.

WoosterOh on February 28, 2011 at 1:56 PM

They’d do less damage to themselves now by returning today and declaring a public-relations victory.

They aren’t that smart.

GarandFan on February 28, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Is there something we can mail to a list of awol teachers and legislators?

Like pink slips or fleepaper or a teabag or something?

dhunter on February 28, 2011 at 1:57 PM

More union crap……..

1,500 teachers paid to do union business and miss class

Knucklehead on February 28, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Isn’t it funny how the ‘eco-warrior’ lefties always leave garbage in their wake.

Nasty, nasty democrats.

Squiggy on February 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Lefties will always argue that their good intentions outweigh any damage they do.

That’s how idiots I know justify Gore’s carbon-spewing mansion while deriding W for not imposing the kinds of green living on the nation that he practices at his personal ranch in Crawford.

teke184 on February 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Walker is one tough guy. He has the moral high ground on his side and he knows it. WI should be proud to have such a principled man as their governor. One thing bothers me though–all unions should be treated alike. The police and firemen should not be excused from this mandate. That will come back to haunt.

jeanie on February 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM

I am not certain what Walker is threatening here? 24 hour deadline and then what? The governor will delay sending out layoff notices “as long as possible.”

What exactly is Walker going to do in 24 hours?

sharrukin on February 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Unfortunately for everyone, there seems to be no way for fleebaggers to save face at this point.
Seppuku

pseudonominus on February 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Let me just endorse this option in the most enthusiastic way.

Midas on February 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM

tetriskid@1:54,
Also, hintz has made a death threat to a r lady who voted for the union bill.

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/02/28/from-prostitution-to-death-threats-gordon-hintz-is-one-classy-fella/
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letget on February 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM

We are going to let people in in a measured way, but we have to get this building cleaned up,” Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said Monday.

If ya wanna clean up the building ya gotta fire the dirty Rats and jail their parasitic supporters!

dhunter on February 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Hang in their Gov. Scott Walker..:)

Dire Straits on February 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Is there something we can mail to a list of awol teachers and legislators?

Like pink slips or fleepaper or a teabag or something?

dhunter on February 28, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Tardy slips.

percysunshine on February 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM

The public sector unions collective bargaining rights need to be put to death nation wide!

MCGIRV on February 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Isn’t it funny how the ‘eco-warrior’ lefties always leave garbage in their wake.

Nasty, nasty democrats.

Squiggy on February 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Dirty little hamsters.

Good Lt on February 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Knucklehead on February 28, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Michelle Malkin has a great post up about the “Union way!”..:)

Dire Straits on February 28, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Here’s the thing: if only 1 or 2 of the fleebaggers come back, they will be the most reviled people in the entire liberal/Democratic universe. They would rather forfeit their jobs than suffer that burden. I don’t think they’re coming back unless they all come back together. They are probably violating dozens of campaign finance laws, taking money from whoever to pay the bills.

WisCon on February 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Well, they are, but the Doyle-controlled (until 2014) Government “Accountability” Board said they could use their campaign accounts to stay out of state.

steveegg on February 28, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Surely some enterprising computer person out there has been able to (or should be able to) aggregate all of the publically available email address for teachers and admin folks in the Madison area (if not the entire state) such that said list could be used in a mass email campaign of some kind… hmmm?

Midas on February 28, 2011 at 2:03 PM

good Walker needs to show he means business. Not one sign of weakness or the dems will pounce.

unseen on February 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

As the Mitch Daniels debacle has shown…

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Well, they are, but the Doyle-controlled (until 2014) Government “Accountability” Board said they could use their campaign accounts to stay out of state.

That will work for the ones elected in 2010, but the ones elected in 2008 who are about to be recalled may need that money very shortly.

teke184 on February 28, 2011 at 2:03 PM

OK, so how long before seats are forfeited?

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Good question. I’ve been thinking this through even to the point of reviewing Wisconsin state statutes. It appears that the Senate body has to declare the seats vacated and then Walker has to authorize a special election. The statute does not speak to how long it takes for a seat to be considered vacated.

So how long? My gut reaction is 90 days. However, the 90 days was based on how I felt the courts would interpret the statute and the length of time. But you know what? They’d get sued no matter what the time period was so I say go for the low end of the scale – 30 days.

WisRich on February 28, 2011 at 2:03 PM

We should not expect politicians to commit political suicide. That said, they have this amazing capacity to do it anyway.

percysunshine on February 28, 2011 at 2:04 PM

As the Mitch Daniels debacle has shown…

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Oh yes the Trucer has caused all types of problems and prolonged this division….

unseen on February 28, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Unfortunately you have to look at this from a Left/Union point of view. They are perfectly happy laying people off. They are perfectly happy shutting down plants (like the UAW did in Indiana)

this is not about the children or the workers. it is out a culture, a way of like, power over people, power of money and the national politics.

to the “victims” of these layoffs, they’ll just say…not to worry, we will work to raise taxes over the next two years and you’ll be hired back in seniority order.

this is the union way…they consider this Victory. And no doubt will use work actions to clow down and make like miserable for Walker and the tax payers.

These are not your average middle class go along get along people…they want your money…and they will get it anyway they can

r keller on February 28, 2011 at 2:05 PM

OK, so how long before seats are forfeited?

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM

http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com/2011/02/recall-efforts-initiated-against-7-awol-wisconsin-fleebaggers/

maybe sooner then they think

unseen on February 28, 2011 at 1:52 PM

So they just need signatures?

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Now they’re slaves, huh?

Ok I’ve heard enough, give the unions whatever they want to keep slavery from coming back.

Bishop on February 28, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Remind me again why he does not split out the non financial part of this bill and pass it with the Repubs before laying off people.

d1carter on February 28, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Good question. I’ve been thinking this through even to the point of reviewing Wisconsin state statutes. It appears that the Senate body has to declare the seats vacated and then Walker has to authorize a special election. The statute does not speak to how long it takes for a seat to be considered vacated.

So how long? My gut reaction is 90 days. However, the 90 days was based on how I felt the courts would interpret the statute and the length of time. But you know what? They’d get sued no matter what the time period was so I say go for the low end of the scale – 30 days.

WisRich on February 28, 2011 at 2:03 PM

1) What is the definition of “senate body?” Is a quorum needed?

2) IF the seats were declared vacated, but the dems sued… wouldn’t they have to come into the state to sue?

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2011 at 2:07 PM

my eeyore alert is up….didn’t he say this last week as well and postponed it?

cmsinaz on February 28, 2011 at 2:08 PM

the unions have become the plaything of the dems and therefore their future rests on the dems maintianing control….They lose that control and the unions are finished….

unseen on February 28, 2011 at 1:54 PM

From your keyboard to G-d’s ears…..:-)

sicoit on February 28, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Even if they come back, and the senate passes the bill, he should still institute mass firings. Just say “too little too late Dems.” Its a crisis.

Iblis on February 28, 2011 at 2:08 PM

I am not certain what Walker is threatening here? 24 hour deadline and then what? The governor will delay sending out layoff notices “as long as possible.”

What exactly is Walker going to do in 24 hours?

sharrukin on February 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM

There really is nothing new hear: Only the time line. Previously, Walker said the deadline was last Friday for the financing. Turns out, he a couple of more buffer days. Tuesday is the actual drop dead date on the refinancing. I assume that the Dem’s knew this why the didn’t come back on Friday. We will see about tomorrow.

WisRich on February 28, 2011 at 2:08 PM

… and, um… I swear we were being told that last Friday was the ‘drop dead’ date.

That it’s now “one more day” or so is not encouraging. Walker was supposed to be pulling the plug on stuff *today*, was he not?

Midas on February 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM

And would it be such a bad thing if every public school teacher in Wisconsin was laid off?

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM

There really is nothing new hear: Only the time line. Previously, Walker said the deadline was last Friday for the financing. Turns out, he a couple of more buffer days. Tuesday is the actual drop dead date on the refinancing. I assume that the Dem’s knew this why the didn’t come back on Friday. We will see about tomorrow.

WisRich on February 28, 2011 at 2:08 PM

You can’t make threats you aren’t going to carry out. You also shouldn’t make a threat out of something you have no control over.

It makes him look weak and in a situation like this that matters a great deal.

sharrukin on February 28, 2011 at 2:11 PM

1) What is the definition of “senate body?” Is a quorum needed?

2) IF the seats were declared vacated, but the dems sued… wouldn’t they have to come into the state to sue?

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2011 at 2:07 PM

I don’t know. Since it’s none budget related, it would appear the simple majority would be sufficient.

WisRich on February 28, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Hintz cited in connection to Appleton prostitution sting

I will continue to do my job and stand up for Wisconsin’s working families.

Looks like he’s more interested in standing up for Wisconsin’s working girls.

JEM on February 28, 2011 at 2:12 PM

And would it be such a bad thing if every public school teacher in Wisconsin was laid off?

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Not a ‘very bad thing’, apparently – given their relative effectiveness in actually educating the children of WI. A majority of the kids might actually start learning more if their parents were forced to do something other than drop them off to be ‘educated’ by a group of mostly incompetent individuals masquerading as ‘teachers’.

Midas on February 28, 2011 at 2:12 PM

See….Walker see this as a threat. It is not a threat. It is laying off junior people…the entrenched people remain.

Walker is using standard union contracts to do this….I don’t know what everyone’s game plan is here.

the Fleebaggers can’t come back still, with that bill on the desk…pulling the bill is total fail for Walker

like i said last night…unionists love stories of workers staying out months/years. the Dim Fleebaggers are workers on a wildcat strike in sympathy will the PEUs.

r keller on February 28, 2011 at 2:12 PM

The filthy pig protesters clogged up the toilets with TP, and had crock pots to cook food in the capitol building. That should have been grounds to remove them for unsanitary conditions and the fire marshal should have removed the crock pots. How fitting, crock pots.

Kissmygrits on February 28, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Governors and employers don’t do that, especially in the modern era of labor relations.

More proof that we live in a post-modern age.

Vashta.Nerada on February 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM

You can’t make threats you aren’t going to carry out. You also shouldn’t make a threat out of something you have no control over.

It makes him look weak and in a situation like this that matters a great deal.

sharrukin on February 28, 2011 at 2:11 PM

They were not empty threats. During this whole debate, Walker has been consistant in saying that layoff notices could come as soon as a week after if the refinacing is not achieved. No one ever said layoff notices would go out last Friday.

WisRich on February 28, 2011 at 2:15 PM

They’d do less damage to themselves now by returning today and declaring a public-relations victory.

What did they win?

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Walker also told the fleebaggers that any further delay would cost the state $165 million in a lost opportunity to restructure the state’s debt

Divide $165 million by 14 and charge it to the fleebagger’s individual campaign coffers, or all of it to the Wisconsin Democrat Party- I don’t care which.

parteagirl on February 28, 2011 at 2:18 PM

What did they win?

Schadenfreude on February 28, 2011 at 2:16 PM

The adulation of a bunch of union thugs and idiot college kids, apparently.

teke184 on February 28, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Oh, and another thing. I’ve watched Scott Walker for eight years as my County Executive. I’ve met the man. Scott Walker never makes empty threats.

WisRich on February 28, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Kissmygrits on February 28, 2011 at 2:13 PM

You have a point about the bathrooms, but lay off the crock pots. I love mine.

parteagirl on February 28, 2011 at 2:20 PM

So they just need signatures?

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2011 at 2:05 PM

i think so…and boots on the groupd to collect those signatures and money to fund those boots on the ground….

unseen on February 28, 2011 at 2:20 PM

parteagirl on February 28, 2011 at 2:18 PM

2nd that

cmsinaz on February 28, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Excellent play by Walker:

- Fabricate a budget crisis by cutting taxes and opening loopholes

- Blame workers and propose ending collective bargaining

- Workers offer budget balancing concessions

- End collective bargaining anyway, AND allow the state to sell any utilities it owns at any price

- Witness mini revolt

- Threaten to fire people, while continuing to blame workers.

ernesto on February 28, 2011 at 2:21 PM

OBSTRUCTIONIST DEMOCRATS: The Party of NO!
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No Participation.
No Responsibility.
No Debating Skills.
No Respect for Taxpayers.
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Add your own “No”s to cover more bases!

ExpressoBold on February 28, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Oh, and another thing. I’ve watched Scott Walker for eight years as my County Executive. I’ve met the man. Scott Walker never makes empty threats.

WisRich on February 28, 2011 at 2:20 PM

I like his “speak softly , carry big stick” approach.

the_nile on February 28, 2011 at 2:23 PM

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