02/17/2011

Battle heats up over Wis. budget; LEO unions 'exempt'?

Editor’s Note: Although this proposed legislation is being presented to the general public as exempting law enforcers from the restrictions on collective bargaining, sources tell PoliceOne that this bill could potentially impact the bargaining rights Corrections officers, Conservation Wardens, Capitol Police, Forest Rangers, Department of Justice Agents, and others. We will continue to follow this story and keep you posted.

By Mary Spicuzza and Clay Barbour
Wisconsin State Journal

MADISON, Wis. — Republican lawmakers were unusually silent Monday about whether they supported Gov. Scott Walker's plan to effectively end collective bargaining for nearly all public employees, even as hundreds of students filled the state Capitol with chants of "kill this bill."

Legislators are expected today to hold a public hearing on Walker's controversial proposal, the first step in what likely will be the governor's toughest legislative battle since taking office six weeks ago.

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