Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is ratcheting up the pressure on 14 Senate Democrats who fled the state two weeks ago to avoid voting on a bill that critics call a deliberate attempt to kill many of the state’s public unions.
Without the the 14 senators, the Wisconsin Senate can do nothing because it lacks a quorum. But Governor Walker is now saying that the renegade contingent must be in session in Madison Tuesday to vote to restructure the state’s debt, a move he says will save $165 million.
Walker is suggesting that if Democrats are not present to authorize the readjustment, he may have to start cutting state jobs, though he didn’t say when. The first cut would be 1,500 workers, and the reduction might ultimately spread to 12,000 state, local, and school employees.