People across Wisconsin were shocked this evening as senate republicans used legislative maneuvering to pass Governor Walker’s sweeping anti-union proposals. After weeks of claiming collective bargaining was a “fiscal matter” and, therefore, needed to be considered as part of the governor’s budget “repair” bill, republicans today changed their tune and decided it was NOT a fiscal issue and could be passed without a the democrats needed for a senate quorum.

To get the measure to the senate, republicans stripped all fiscal items from the bill in a legislative committee meeting that lasted for about two minutes, video of which is below. The only Democrat present, Peter Barca of Kenosha, asks repeatedly to have the changes to the bill read to him, but is rebuffed. The true kicker is that under Wisconsin’s open meeting law, the public must be given 24 hours notice before a public meeting unless there is good cause. Today we were given one hour and 50 minutes to get to the capitol. Most people were stuck in line at metal detectors as the republicans forced through these measures, which essentially ended over 50 years of peaceful labor relations in Wisconsin. In the video Representative Barca repeatedly tries to determine what “good cause” republicans have to justify the meeting, but is ignored. After a couple of short moments, the republicans pass the bill changes over the loud objections of Rep. Barca.

During the entire video you will repeated hear cries of “Shame! Shame! Shame” from within the capitol. Shame indeed.

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