State Rep. Evan Goyke
Press Release

Rep. Goyke Opposes Right to Work

"Senate Bill 44 is bad public policy, drafted in a rushed way. "

By - Mar 6th, 2015 09:11 am

MADISON – State Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) released the following statement after his vote this morning against passage of Wisconsin’s “Right to Work” legislation:

“As the sun rose on Friday, I addressed the Assembly to voice (some) of my objections to Senate Bill 44, the so-called ‘Right to Work’ bill.

Senate Bill 44 is bad public policy, drafted in a rushed way.  The bill criminalizes businesses that violate the new law.  A business that violates ‘Right to Work’ will face up to 9 months in jail or a $10,000 fine or both.  During debate on the floor, Republican members indicated they don’t believe that criminal sanctions will be enforced…yet they refused to eliminate them from the bill.

The penalties Republicans have approved are the same for Battery, Fourth Degree Sexual Assault, Prostitution, and Theft.  In addition, Republicans could not answer how law enforcement would prosecute violations, nor how much those investigations, prosecutions, and sentences may cost Wisconsin tax payers.

I was proud to stand with an overwhelming majority of my constituents in opposing ‘Right to Work’ and look forward to working on positive, bi-partisan legislation that helps all Wisconsinites.”

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