A local Democrat is jumping to the defense of Gov. Jim Doyle after the Native American gaming compacts he signed were shot down.
Republican legislators say Doyle overstepped his bounds in negotiating the deals on his own, and the state Supreme Court agreed.
Now, Sen. Russ Decker says that ruling will hit our state in the pocketbook.
"The governor got Wisconsin the second most money of any state in the union to help balance the budget, and right now the Republicans have put that in jeopardy," said Sen. Russ Decker, (D) Weston.
Because of the Supreme Court's ruling, the tribes are now withholding their payments to the state.
Decker says that money would have covered state programs dealing with nutrition, economic development and protecting natural resources.