First the liberal Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board ripped the 14 state senate Democrats who fled the state for throwing a "temper tantrum." Then the Wisconsin State Journal called the Democrats "irresponsible." Now the Racine Journal Times calls on the senators to get back to work and warns they could cost the state up to $165 million if they don't return:
Another reason for Democrats to return is the Friday deadline for refinancing the state's debt. That will save about $165 million, and it is the primary method Walker would use to fill a hole in the current budget. It is possible the state could renegotiate with lenders and secure the same savings a month from now, but it is also possible that the state will save less because of lender nervousness and interest rate fluctuations. That would mean a few more layoffs and cuts.