Wis. Prosecutor Files Lawsuit Against GOP
As Scott Walker defends plan to cut $900M from schools
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 17, 2011 10:34 AM CDT
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks about the budget bill at a signing ceremony Friday, March 11, 2011, in Madison, Wis.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

(Newser) – A Madison district attorney has filed a lawsuit against Wisconsin’s Republican lawmakers, saying they violated the state’s open meetings law in their backdoor maneuver to pass a bill stripping public unions of most of their collective bargaining rights. The prosecutor, Democrat Ismael Ozanne, wants a judge to issue an emergency injunction blocking the law, and to fine each Republican leader $300, the AP reports.

Scott Walker, meanwhile, spent yesterday meeting with school superintendents, hoping to drum up support for his plan to cut nearly $900 million in aid to schools, while simultaneously reducing their property tax revenue. Walker argues that schools can make up the difference by paying less for teachers’ benefits, but Democrats and teachers disagree. “You simply cannot cut three-quarters of a billion dollars out of our education system and deliver on the basic promise to provide a quality education,” said the president of the teachers’ union.

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Nov 20, 2011 2:43 PM CST
Does this guy , Walker, have any idea what he's doing. Is he giving any thought at all about this or is he just going to do what the "money" that put him in office dictated him to do. Wisconsin, I very much hope for the best for you.
Mar 18, 2011 10:55 PM CDT
Scotty, one more thing. Please pass this message along to your fellow Republican lawmakers: BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *stopping to breathe* BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA *oops peed a little, laffin' so hard* BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. !
Mar 18, 2011 10:50 PM CDT
Dear Wisconsin Governor, The Honorable Scott Walker, Hopefully, you have learned the following very valuable lessons: 1) Never underestimate the legal prowess of an attorney based solely on his/her political affiliation. 2) Although bullies and haters "gonna keep on bullyin' 'n' hatin' ", they will never be exempt from the law. 3) "24" is not just a show about Jack Bauer and CTU; it's also a legally enforceable timeframe for public notice to be given prior to Joint Committee of Conference meetings. 4) Beware the Ides of March. "....of the people, by the people, and FOR the people." Careful now, Scotty.... the world (and the Teamsters' Union) is watching. All My Hot Monkey Love, Ann (p.s. I'm buying a 2nd home in Wisconsin, the sole purpose being to establish residency so I can legally vote against you because you suck. )