Late yesterday afternoon, the Wisconsin Supreme Court weighed in on the Budget Repair Bill (Act 10) and ruled that it did not violate the Open Meetings Law. Judge Maryann Sumi’s injunction to Act 10 was voided because she exceeded her authority, “invaded” the Legislature’s constitutional powers and erred in stopping the publication and implementation of the collective bargaining law.
Justice David Prosser, who was recently re-elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court following the drawn out recount that cost the state over $520,000, wrote in his concurring opinion: “[T]he Circuit Court [Judge Sumi] exceeded its authority in prohibiting publication of the 2011 Wisconsin Act 10. This is not a close question.” Now Secretary of State Doug LaFollette, who initially delayed publication after the Budget Repair Bill was passed to allow unions time to pass new contracts, is saying he will wait until June 28 before finally publishing Act 10.
Whenever Act 10 does take effect, local governments will have the tools available to balance their budgets. The many local jurisdictions that passed new union contracts across the state at the behest of the unions will have those recently passed contracts in place until the contract term expires. At that point, Act 10 would then apply to those public employees as well.
Since the Left and the unions have successfully gotten so many local governments to pass new union contracts, the savings in many areas will not be realized for a few years. Members of school boards, city councils, and county boards that hastily passed union contracts need to be held accountable for their actions.
We need a new generation of leadership to step forward and run for local office to challenge the elected officials that kowtow to the unions. Conservatives and Tea Party members are the logical people to fill this void of leadership. It is time for local governments to serve the taxpayers. Our communities need conservatives to step forward and run for local office!