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


“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.”


“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


“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.


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…


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


“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!

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