Dem Legislators Flee Wisconsin Capitol in Attempt to Scuttle Vote on Budget & Unions
1:53 PM, Feb 17, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Madison, Wisconsin has become quite the mob scene with protests by union members opposed to Republican governor Scott Walker's legislation that would require most public sector union employees, including teachers, to pay 12 percent of their health care premiums--up from the current average of 6 percent--and 6 percent of their pension, for which state employees pay almost nothing.
In the latest turn of events, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Senate Democrats have fled the state capitol in an attempt to stop a vote from being held on the legislation. There are 19 Republicans in the Senate and 14 Democrats--a total of 20 senators are needed for a quorum to vote on legislation. The legislature has the authority to compel senators to show up for votes, and state troopers are now trying to retrieve Senate Democrats.
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