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March 10th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Wis. Republicans vote, pass Budget Repair Bill without Democrats

Wisconsin's State Senate Republicans passed a bill that would strip public workers of most of their collective bargaining rights Wednesday.

The Wisconsin Republicans found a way to pass the bill without Democrats present–most are out of state in opposition to the bill– by removing certain parts of the bill that would have required a quorum. Democrats are calling the move a violation of law but the bill will go to the Assembly Thursday where it will likely pass.

State Senator Jon Erpenbach (D) talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry from Chicago about Wednesday's vote.

Filed under: Economy • Politics • U.S.
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. ernie

    No Holmes again this morning?
    Oh well I'm done!

    March 15, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  2. MeLoN

    Public employees are living on the backs of American tax payers as a result of unions. Unions protect lazy employees and bad teachers. Get rid of all unions.

    Problem somewhat solved.

    March 14, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  3. Julie

    Please tell me how much of an impact there is as alien children are taking up time and money due teaching?
    Republicans wish to curb the deficeit, but, what has been done for aliens sucking the life out of Americans?

    The economy started out horrible when Bush took over and started this war business only for the oil. 6 1/2 years oil companies stole Iraqi oil due war appropriations. The deficieit grew, the dollar dropped. Then, when oil funds were allocated back to Iraqi's, then, people like the Koch Brothers specutlated and raised the oil to over $4.oo. Life on the planet increased dramatically. Banks were allowed to charge whatever they wanted in interest and penalites. And, of course the people bankrupted by Banks that ballooned interest rates through the moon.
    When are Republicans going to cut funding forteaching illegal children? I heard that not only are we funding undergraduates but giving free college education to aliens. We have a college near us. No one here can afford. All aliens, free food stamps, free medical, welfare, and paying top knotch payments to a extremely expensive college.. Taking cream of crop U.S. jobs. And, having to pay back zippedy do dah in any student loans. Last year over 50% of graduating engineers over 50% were aliens. We have some large companies here, all hiring aliens. Schooled in the U.S. Free Free Free. Republicans will not be happy until they can outsource all teaching for $5.00 a hour to aliens. This is what happened to Michigan during Romney's dad. Go look what he did.
    Does anyone know where Jimmy Hoffa is?

    March 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  4. Julie

    I do love the interview with the civics teacher, How divided this nation has become, first it was red and blue states.
    Respect and compromise is HUGE problem, when Republicans doing the things they have done, are fueling up tensions of the working class people.
    We are getting as unrestful as the middle East. I am keeping watch on this one. I expect civil unrest coming BIG Time.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
  5. AngryMobVoter

    Fact: Public employees are paid far more and receive far better benefits than private sector employees.
    Fact: The higher salaries and benefits enjoyed by public sector employees is a result of government not having the incentives to negociate like the private sector does. Public unions are negotiating with the very people they helped elect
    Fact: Public sector and especially teachers have held the American people (especially children) hostage too many times
    Fact: It is the American people working in the private sector who pay for the higher salaries and benefits enjoyed by public sector employees.

    It is time to for the American people to take control of this situation. The situation in Wisconsin should serve as a model for the rest of the state, local, and federal government. It is time for the American people to put an end to the higher salaries and benefits paid to public employees.

    We must continue to VOTE THEM OUT!!!

    March 10, 2011 at 11:39 am |