Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kenosha County Board: Right call, wrong way

By a 19-9 vote tonight the Kenosha County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution opposing Governor Scott Walker's so-called "budget repair bill." 

Though largely symbloic -- our new governor seems to only hear those who agree with him 100% -- the board's resolution carries the right message.  Supporters, many of whom were either union members or from union families (or both), make it clear that collective bargaining is an essential part of our state's fabric and should not be tossed out the window in order to address the state's fiscal issues and, in fact, should be used as a tool to accomplish that objective.

The fly in the ointment tonight was that this resolution wasn't the only one on the agenda. 

Supervisor Joe Clark, a Pleasant Prairie Republican, offered up two resolutions supporting Walker but the board sent his to a committee -- essentially neutering them -- while voting to suspend its rules to take up the one opposing the budget bill.

Board chair Mark Molinaro told supervisors that even though the resolutions could be voted on separately they could be debated together but nonetheless they voted to consider only one tonight.  That's wrong. 

Sure, Clark's resolutions probably would have gone down to well-deserved defeats, but it's only fair that if the rules are going to be suspended for one, they should have been for all.

2 comments:

Dad29 said...

collective bargaining is an essential part of our state's fabric and should not be tossed out the window

Really?

Are you trying to tell us that State and local workers are oppressed? Abused? Treated like dirt, or dogs?

What Walker is doing IS bargaining. What the unions don't like is that Walker is actually bargaining, instead of offering more, more, more--or status quo.

RAG said...

By what stretch of delusion is mandating a nonnegotiable edict bargaining?