Wisconsin’s supreme court ordered a law ending collective bargaining for most of its public employees reinstated Tuesday, granting a significant victory to Republican Gov. Scott Walker and a crushing defeat for infuriated labor unions.
The ruling came hours before the state assembly was to begin debating Wisconsin’s annual budget, though GOP lawmakers ultimately delayed deliberations until Wednesday because they were unable to finish writing it, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Like in February and March, protestors filled the Madison capitol’s rotunda and public areas, though this time police increased security measures and issued strict rules forbidding noisemakers.
Walker, elected in the 2010 GOP wave that flipped the state’s executive mansion and two legislative houses from Democratic to Republican, issued a brief statement cheering the verdict.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling provides our state the opportunity to move forward together and focus on getting Wisconsin working again,” he said.
The state high court ruled 4-3 that the lower court judge who voided the law on grounds that lawmakers violated Wisconsin’s open meetings law while passing it “invaded the legislature’s constitutional powers.”
“Choices about what laws represent wise public policy for the state of Wisconsin are not within the constitutional purview of the courts,” the court’s majority wrote. “The court’s task in the action for original jurisdiction that we have granted is limited to determining whether the Legislature employed a constitutionally violative process in the enactment of the act.”
The unions and their goon squads and hippie brown shirts won't stop here. They'll keep trying to overturn the lawful, democratically elected government of the state of Wisconsin by any means in their power. Let this be a warning to the rest of us. Winning elections is not the end of the fight and we cannot let down our guard!