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Wisc. Congressman Asks Gov To Withdraw Budget Proposal

February 17, 2011
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Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) sent a letter to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker today, asking the Governor to axe the budget proposal that would strip most state government workers of their collective bargaining rights.

"Frankly, I'm offended at the recent suggestions that these public servants are the source of the problems facing our state," Kind wrote.

“Collective bargaining - the chance for employees to negotiate for fair wages with management - is key to our state's success. It is a time-tested, reasonable process. And let's be clear, public employees are not the reason state budgets are in trouble. We need to address the budget, but we can't just fix it by cutting the salaries and robbing the retirement funds of our nurses, teachers, and public safety professionals.”

Walker's proposal has inspired massive protests.