Capitol Roundup: Bringing the Budget Battle Home
A collection of coverage from Milwaukee Patch editors today.
Here's a wrapup of Patch's coverage of Thursday's flurry of activity at the state Capitol as the state Assembly gave final legislative approval to a bill that would eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public employees.
- Assembly Democrats cry "foul" after the GOP majority cuts off debate and approves the controversial legislation.
- Video reports from Jim Price, Sarah Worthman and Carl Engelking in Madison showed state lawmakers struggling to find a way into the Capitol, police in riot gear protecting an alternate entrance, and a quiet scene inside Assembly chambers just before the session began.
- State Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay) says she is disappointed with Tuesday's vote but that her party will "continue to fight."
- The Rev. Jesse Jackson explains why he came back to Madison on Thursday.
- State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) called Madison a "dangerous place" for him to be today, and said he would stay away from the city, while state Sen. Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee) said he was among those who received a death threat.
- Gov. Scott Walker spoke at the Tommy G. Thompson Center in West Allis on Thursday.
- Elmbrook Schools Superintendent Matt Gibson sought to reassure teachers they would be involved in the shaping of future contracts, and extreme measures were not planned.
- Shorewood school and village officials contend the bill on whole will make their deficits worse, not better.
- Ozaukee County Tea Party members and Democrats have, not surprisingly, different views, while city officials just wait for more news.
If it's been hard to keep track of all that's happening, here's a timeline to help.