Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Governor Walker’s Union Law
June 17, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
In what is being reported as a major victory for Republicans in Wisconsin, the State’s Supreme Court voted to uphold a law that will take away many collective bargaining privileges from public employees in the State.
Fox News reports that the high court in the Badger State voted 4-3 to uphold Governor Scott Walker’s plan. The court said that a judge in a lower court overstepped her bounds when she voided the law. Specifically, they said that the judge did not have the authority to become involved in the process of legislation.
Walker said that by upholding the law, the Supreme Court will allow the State to tackle its $6.3 billion budget shortfall.
“The Supreme Court’s ruling provides our state the opportunity to move forward together and focus on getting Wisconsin working again,” he said.
The Associated Press reports that the decision came through shortly before the Wisconsin Assembly was expected to start discussing the State budget.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson dissented, along with Justices Ann Walsh Bradley and Patrick Crooks. The majority was comprised of Justices David Prosser, Michael Gableman, Annette Ziegler and Patience Roggensack, reports Fox News.