James Rowen
Scott Walker’s rubber stamps

highlight, tweak, copy, paste

By - Feb 21st, 2011 04:00 am
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It’s true they acknowledged working together to make Scott Walker’s anti-union budget repair (sic) bill better, but take a look at the remarks from State Sen. Van Wanggaard, (R-Racine), here, and State Sen. Dan Kapanke, (R-LaCrosse), here, and ask yourselves: Are constituents hearing words from the heart, or talking points edited, copied and pasted?

I note these similarities, among others:

 

Dan Kapanke

Kapanke:

“Wisconsin is facing a $3.6 BILLION shortfall in the next biennium. We owe our good neighbors to our west, Minnesota, almost $60 million in reciprocity payments. The past administration and legislature stole $200 million from the Injured Patients Compensation Fund.”

Wanggaard:

“Wisconsin has a $3.6 billion deficit. We owe over $56 million to the state of Minnesota, accruing interest daily. We owe $200 million to the Patients Compensation Fund.”

Van Wanggaard

Kapanke:

“Here are some of the key components of the collective bargaining aspect of the bill that should clarify some concerns:

  • State and local employees will have civil service protections for grievance, discipline, and termination proceedings.
  • Progressive Discipline still exists.
  • Termination for just cause still exists.
  • A worker still retains the right to have a representative present at any grievance, termination, or discipline hearing.
  • Wages can still be collectively bargained.
  • The union still exists.

Wanggard:

I have worked with my Senate colleagues to ensure that workers at the state and local level, including teachers, have these workplace protections. It is important to note that:

  • State and local employees who have civil service protections for grievance and discipline retain those rights.
  • Public workers serving without these protections will now have those protections.
  • Progressive Discipline still exists.
  • Just Cause is still required for termination.
  • Workplace safety must be addressed at all levels of government.
  • Workers retain the right to have a representative present at any grievance, termination, or discipline hearing.
  • The union still exists.

But the best? Drumroll, please…

Kapanke:

“I have agonized and prayed for guidance on my vote.”

Wanggaard:

“I have agonized over this vote and I have prayed for guidance on this vote.”

James Rowen is a writer and consultant who‘s worked for newspapers and as the senior Mayoral staffer in both Madison and Milwaukee, WI. He blogs regularly at The Political Environment.

Categories: Commentary, Politics

0 thoughts on “Scott Walker’s rubber stamps: highlight, tweak, copy, paste”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good summary of internal swapping of sound bites. I’d like to see more on the so-called deficit. Doyle for all his faults left a budget that would have created a surplus for the state. It was given away by Walker to the wealthy which is a small percentage of the people of this state.
    This budget repair bill requires much, more discussion, LRB reports, and elimination of non-budget provisions like an anti-gay provision along with elimination of Badger Care and changes in Medicare. People who rely on the latter two are hurting and don’t have the funds to fend for themselves!
    Thanks

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