Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Republicans did exactly what Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett suggested

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) suggested in front of a large audience Monday night that the State Senate Republicans end the budget impasse in Madison by passing the collective bargaining part of the budget correction bill separately. Tonight the State Senate Republicans did exactly what Barrett suggested and passed that part of the bill on a 18-1 vote. The bill now goes to the State Assembly for approval.

On Monday night at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha, Charlie Sykes held his annual Insight program. One of the guests was Barrett. After being repeatedly asked how the stand off could end in Madison, Barrett, a former state senator himself, said Republicans should just vote on the collective bargaining provisions separately. Barrett said he would vote no if he were in the State Senate, but he said the Republicans should just separate the collective bargaining provisions.

Expect Sykes to play that snippet repeatedly tomorrow. I would.

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