The governor Scott Walker of Madison, Wisconsin has dispatched State Troopers to round up fleeing Senators who are refusing to vote on a budget bill that would limit government unions to negotiate on their benefits in an effort to get an out of control state budget under control.
From TMJ4 Milwaukee
“They are prepared to dispatch state troopers to go out to some of the residences of some of the senators,” said Republican State Senator Scott Fitzgerald on Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s “Midday with Charlie Sykes.”
“We don’t know that everybody is out of state. These troopers are going to go and try to escort these senators back to the chamber.”
The state troopers cannot go after and detain senators that have left Wisconsin which many have in an effort to avoid voting on the bill.
Governor Walker’s proposal requires state workers to pay for half of their pension costs, and it would more than double their health care contributions. It would strip public worker unions of their ability to negotiate pensions, working conditions or benefits. Wage increases would be tied to inflation, and unions would lose their ability to have dues deducted from state paychecks. The changes would apply to all state workers except police, firefighters and state troopers.