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March 2nd, 2011
07:55 AM ET

Gov. Walker proposes budget cuts as stalemate continues

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) proposed a two-year budget Tuesday, which would cut more than $1 billion in aid to schools and local governments.

Democrats still remain out-of-state, however, protesting Gov. Walker's proposal to strip union workers of certain collective bargaining rights, postponing any vote. State Senators Jon Erpenbach (D), who remains in Chicago, and Glenn Grothman (R) talk to CNN's Ali Velshi about the latest out of Wisconsin.

Filed under: Economy • Politics • U.S.
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Scott

    One thinkg I think is strange, and one thing I think some people are forgetting.

    1. The Wisconsin Gov. claims there is an emergency to balance the buget...well then, why is he cutting taxes? So they are in a buget crisis that he created which now gives him the option to attack the unios as he wanted to in the first place?

    2. IF you don't work on Sat. you may want to thank the unions.

    March 3, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  2. Charles

    In reference to Larry Hughes,
    Did you read some where that these people are on vacation? Is it possible that they don't want to come to work to get slandered by the MOB of people outside (or perhaps the Larry Hugheses of the world) due to the proposal of their Governor Scott Walker? I highly doubt these service people are out vacationing it up in Italy or France. Please have a better arguement that doesn't get people thinking the wrong thing.

    Thank you,

    March 2, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  3. ronvan

    Larry you got it! If & when they return the people should throw everyone of them out of office. It's one thing to disagree but to act like "little children" and cowards, leave the state, and enjoy themselves on OUR money makes them totally worthless! But this is what our country has turned into.

    March 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  4. Realist

    There is no reason my tax dollars should fund any union pension. Therefore, public unions should have limitations

    March 2, 2011 at 11:41 am |
  5. Jesse

    How does cutting schools budgets and going after unions promote equal education? Teachers will go to the districts that pay higher wages, in return some areas will be forced to settle with teachers that are not as passionate. FORGET POLITICS look after our future leaders!!!! Kids are the ones truly affected by this mess, and yet people have forgot about them.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  6. Larry Hughes

    As the 14 Democratic continue to stay away from the debate on balancing the Wisconsin state budget, who is paying for their vacation? I would be surprised if they were paying their own way and even more surprised if they were staying in the Motel 6 chain or similar motels. This looks like another abuse of the tax payer when state congressmen take a paid vacation and live it up on the backs of the taxpayer. When is this going to end? Elected officials have a blank check when it comes to running around the country; and, you and I have to pay for it. -Larry

    March 2, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  7. Mark

    Did you catch the part where Grothman said the reason the Republicans want to strip the unions of their rights isbecause " you can't tell the people what to do". They want total power over all American workers, not just the union people. They want to control everyone, it's all about total CONTROL. Wars were fought and American's died, for our freedom. Now, the Republicans are trying to take our freedom away.

    March 2, 2011 at 9:00 am |