A few minutes before midnight Wednesday, we received notice from Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-21st District, that he will vote in favor of Gov. Scott Walker's "budget repair" bill, as it has been amended. As soon as we can find the amended bill, we'll let you know what's been changed.
Here's Wanggaard's statement:
After listening to my constituents and my colleagues, I put forward, with Senator Schultz, a proposal today addressing concerns in Special Session Bill 11.
Over the past seven days, my staff and I have met with and talked to literally hundreds of citizens from Racine County and around Wisconsin. Among the chief fears we heard from union members were concerns about grievances, termination, discipline and workplace safety.
I am thankful to the Joint Finance Committee and Governor Walker for addressing many of my, and my constituents’, concerns.
There is an old saying: “In a democracy, making law is like making sausage.” I never fully understood that statement until this week. No compromise is perfect, but I am thankful that the bill has been substantially modified to add additional worker protection.
I will be voting “Yes” on the amended budget repair bill.
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