Gov. Walker's Proposal Causing Controversy

Governor Scott Walker is asking the State Legislature to eliminate nearly all collective bargaining rights for state employees.

It's part of a repair bill to deal with Wisconsin's budget deficit.

Teachers and prison guards are just some of the state employees who could be affected if the proposal goes through.

Governor Scott Walker says the state is broke and that's why he wants to put an end to bargaining rights.

Those rights allows union members to negotiate things like the hours they work and the benefits they get.

"This is something unless someone has been asleep or out of the country, I don't think should be shock to anybody, it would be a shock frankly to most residents of this state if I stood here and said I wasn't going to do this," says Republican Governor Scott Walker.

But Democratic legislators say it's an alarming proposal that doesn't create one job.

In fact, it could drive people to other states to find work.

But they say it's not just state employees that will be affected.

"Those public workers won't have any financial where-with-al to shop at our stores, eat at our restaurants, or pay that bill that your expecting to be paid tomorrow," says Louis Molepske Jr, (D) 71st Assembly District.

Governor Walker is hoping the bill will be voted on next Thursday.

But democratic legislators think it deserves more time for debate.

The Governor also has the National Guard on standby in cast there's unrest among state employees.

Democratic leaders say that's a slap in the face to citizens.


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