Conspiracy to stall WI budget-repair bill?

posted at 12:55 pm on March 3, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Did Wisconsin state Senators flee the state in part to help Madison rush into contract agreements beneficial to public-employee unions? A report this morning from Fox 6 in Wisconsin doesn’t provide a smoking gun, but it does suggest that Mayor Dave Ciesliewicz attempted to coordinate stalling strategies with state Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller, the man who led the fleebaggers into self-imposed exile. An e-mail trail obtained by the local station ties Ciesliewicz and Miller on an earlier attempt to delay the bill at the office of Wisconsin’s Secretary of State:

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.”

Doug LaFollette, the Secretary of State, refused to delay publication of the law, which may have prompted Democratic Senators to flee Madison. The last e-mail in the string was February 16th; the Senators fled the very next day. That was two days after the mayor’s chief of staff Janet Piraino informed Mark Miller’s staffer John Anderson of LaFollette’s decision not to hold up the bill.

The e-mails make the stakes clear. Piraino told the brain trust that the bill would mean that the city would have to cut benefits and pay for the public employees, which would have saved Madison taxpayers some significant money:

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.

Ciesliewicz claimed that Madison’s government bargained “in good faith” to get the best deal taxpayers could get from the contract. Does this sound like Ciesliewicz and his team had taxpayers in mind, or currying favor with the unions? The attempt to rush into an agreement that avoids the curbs on PEU collective bargaining prerogatives and to avoid cutting the benefits of employees does sound a lot more like collusion than “good faith” bargaining on behalf of taxpayers, whether or not it meets the legal definition of collusion.


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Interesting. The comment is deleted. It appears someone *is* moderating the threads. Thank you mysterious moderator.

Vancomycin on March 3, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Like pass health care legislation that nobody in the country wants?

Monkeytoe on March 3, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Exactly. Why the Republicans haven’t gone into overdrive in their cowardly absence is a total mystery to me.

They’re not even in the state! Go crazy! Pass laws you like, repeal ones you don’t like, put blow-up dolls in their empty seats!

Dark-Star on March 3, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Dark-Star on March 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM

WTF? lol

There are many, many sites on line. Hate it here, go there.

hawkdriver on March 3, 2011 at 2:23 PM

These are still intact.

Suck a shotgun shell, wingnut. If the only sources of peace and sense are the lefties and you lot, America is scroomed.

Interesting. What’s the email address for Ed or Allah around here?

Vancomycin on March 3, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Suck a shotgun shell, wingnut.

Dark-Star on March 3, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Telling. Can’t wait for the next thread where you act like a Conservative again.

hawkdriver on March 3, 2011 at 2:07 PM

OmahaConservative on March 3, 2011 at 2:26 PM

I know those are. One of them is mine quoting it, and the other is hawkdriver’s.

Personally, I’d rather the original post stood and the poster got a suspension or something. I’m just suprised that *anything* happened within about 5 minutes of sending an email.

Vancomycin on March 3, 2011 at 2:29 PM

err *stand..not stood.

Vancomycin on March 3, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Funny too how you are all suddenly best friends with government when it’s being used to harass working people.

Grow Fins on March 3, 2011 at 1:23 PM

If they’re at the protests, they’re not working.
If they’re Dem Reps, fled to another state, they’re not working.

Any other Obvious Nuggets of Stupidity you’d like to bestow on us?

dominigan on March 3, 2011 at 2:54 PM

dominigan

When it’s snowing, does summer not exist?

Grow Fins on March 3, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Much like the Pa Kettles around here who go “durr hurr hurr make me a sammich.”

Dark-Star on March 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Pa Kettle never asked Ma to make a sammich.

Back to the subject….

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.”

No kidding.

moonsbreath on March 3, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Funny too how you are all suddenly best friends with government when it’s being used to harass working people.

Grow Fins on March 3, 2011 at 1:23 PM

These people are not only NOT working, they’re demanding bennies from the taxpayers. Who’s being harassed, again?

fossten on March 3, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Nothing new here, Democrats play to win while Republicans play ‘go along and get along’ with the Democrats and the liberal media. Wisconsin may be one of the very few exceptions where Republicans are fighting. We’ll have to wait to see the final outcome.

RJL on March 3, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Why the Republicans haven’t gone into overdrive in their cowardly absence is a total mystery to me.

They’re not even in the state! Go crazy! Pass laws you like, repeal ones you don’t like, put blow-up dolls in their empty seats!

Absolutely! I don’t get why they aren’t just passing through ALL their dream legislation NOW while the Democrats have absented themselves from the democratic process.

EasyEight on March 3, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Grow Fins on March 3, 2011 at 1:23 PM

Grow Brain.

Akzed on March 3, 2011 at 4:25 PM

I get it now. The “D” is for “douche.”

Mark Miller (D) WI State Senate
Dave Ciesliewicz (D) Madison

It even works for national office:
Harry Reid (D) Nevada

City, state or federal – when you see the “D” think “douche.”

29Victor on March 3, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Interesting. I always wondered what happened to Janet Piraino. Years ago she was a staffer in the Madison office for US Senator Russ Feingold.

91Veteran on March 4, 2011 at 2:59 AM

When it’s snowing, does summer not exist?

Grow Fins on March 3, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Where there is smoke, is there not fire?

Chicago SEIU Local Leaders Probed for Terror Links
http://www.nlpc.org/stories/2011/02/15/chicago-seiu-local-leaders-probed-terror-links

Where there are liberals, are there not terrorist enablers?

Roy Rogers on March 4, 2011 at 12:42 PM

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