Saturday, September 15, 2012

Reactions from Act 10 court ruling

State leaders, lawmakers, bloggers react to repeal of contentious law

I'm unable to publish an analysis of the recent court ruling striking down Wisconsin Act 10, the law that removed bargaining rights for state workers and prompted an unprecedented backlash throughout the state. I'm on vacation -- so my time online is limited.

But here's a few reactions that I thought were worth taking note of:

From Blogging Blue:
While Judge Colas’ decision is certainly good news, I don’t expect his ruling to last, given the conservative bent to our State Supreme court. No doubt Justice David Prosser will have another opportunity to prove that he is in fact an excellent complement to Republicans in the Legislature and Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
From Cognitive Dissidence:
The corporate special interests and the plutocrats started this round of class warfare, but they really should take some history lessons to see how that kind of ruling style usual ends up.
From Mike Tate, Chairman of the Wisconsin Democrats:
Today is a great day for Wisconsin workers. Now, we have the opportunity to go back and do things the right way, the Wisconsin way -- where everyone has a seat at the table and where we work together to find commonsense solutions.
From Scott Walker himself:
The people of Wisconsin clearly spoke on June 5th. Now, they are ready to move on. Sadly a liberal activist judge in Dane County wants to go backwards and take away the law making responsibilities of the legislature and the governor. We are confident that the state will ultimately prevail in the appeals process.
It will be interesting to see what the final outcome will be. An appeal is certainly coming -- and if done through the state courts, will ultimately make its way to the state Supreme Court, where the conservative majority will likely side with Gov. Walker.

But the federal aspects of the ruling also make it a possibility that an appeal could be made in federal courts, where the outcome would be less certain. The legal process for this act, which divided the state so severely (and helped contribute to the job losses our state witnessed during Walker's first year in office), will be long and drawn out -- and that's likely the only thing we can be sure of at this point.

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