Check and Mate

Last night the Wisconsin Senate Republicans passed a modified version of the budget repair bill, with anything they felt “imposes, continues or renews a tax, or creates a debt or charge, or makes, continues or renews an appropriation of public or trust money, or releases, discharges or commutes a claim or demand of the state” removed. Only bills fitting the previous description require the 3/5ths for a quorum, anything else only requires a simple majority. The modified bill still included the union provisions that most of the ruckus was about.

Today the Assembly passed the same version of the bill so it can now go to Governor Walker’s desk. Walker has confirmed that he will sign the bill. There had been some speculation that he may not sign it immediately, using it as a bargaining chip with the shameful 14 to get them back and pass the entire bill, or a less modified version of it.

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