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Drunk, Stupid Wisconsin Legislators Pass Budget

This is what Koch money buys.

Look at that guy. He can hardly put two words together without slurring them like the country drunk on the corner. I'm surprised they didn't pass out before voting.

This happened Wednesday night in Wisconsin.

There was a bomb threat.

The Capitol building was cleared.

All the boys went across the street to the bar and knocked back a few.

Then they passed an evil, horrible budget.

For months, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has said he won’t launch his long-expected run for the Republican nomination for President until he gets his own house in order and signs Wisconsin’s budget into law. Despite weeks of delays, he still may make that deadline before his planned announcement on July 13th.

After several back-to-back, late night, contentious debates — including an interruption by a bomb threat — the Wisconsin legislature sent a nearly $73 billion two-year budget to Walker’s desk.

Though Wisconsinites successfully pressured lawmakers to take out provisions that would have levied a special tax on bicycles, gutted the state’s government transparency laws and reduce a planned $300 million cut to universities to $250 million, a host of controversial provisions — several of them slipped in at the last minute — made it into the final draft.

The 11th-hour additions include a repeal of wage protections for construction workers on local government projects, the elimination of workers’ right to one day off per week, loosened regulations over payday lenders, and a provision to expedite approval for a tar sands pipeline that would bisect the state. Another change made over the Fourth of July weekend eliminates the state’s long-standing living wage law and replaces all references to a “living wage” with “minimum wage.”

Yes, they passed that, and all those drunk frat boys voted for it. The best Koch boys money can buy.


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