Walker telegraphs collective bargaining strategy

In an interview with WTMJ – TV in Milwaukee on Thursday, Governor Scott Walker stated that if the Supreme Court refuses to validate Act 10 by overturning a Dane County Circuit Court ruling; the Legislature would act “later next week.” The interview took place in the relatively “friendly” context of a Special Olympics photo-op for Walker. This statement validates speculation that GOP leaders have planned to bypass committee vetting of collective bargaining legislation, and introduce it as an amendment on the floor during debate of the Budget. The Court may decide to refer back to an appellate court, or simply avoid the highly politicized issue, leaving the door open for Legislative action. Regardless of the outcome in the Court, Walker has made clear the course of action Republicans will follow in the coming days.

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