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Wisconsin Supreme Court Makes Correct Decision - The Law Stands!

Wisconsin, Court

From Wisconsin State Journal


Wisconsin Union Law to Take Effect


The Wisconsin Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for the state's contentious collective-bargaining law to take effect, ruling 4-3 that a lower-court judge who put the measure on hold improperly interfered with the legislature.


The decision limits Wisconsin's public employees to bargaining over their wages.  Raises will be limited to the inflation rate unless voters approve larger increases.  The law also requires public employees to contribute 5.8% of their salaries to their pensions and pay at least 12.6% of their health-care premiums.


Mike Huebsch, whose state agency is responsible for public workers' paychecks, said the department is reviewing the Supreme Court order and will begin implementing the law "when appropriate."


Fourteen Democratic state senators fled Wisconsin for three weeks this spring in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to block the measure, and thousands of protesters came to the capitol in Madison to oppose it.


Republican Gov. Scott Walker said the measure was needed to help tackle the state's budget deficit and give local governments needed flexibility.  Democrats said it was an attack on unions.


GOP legislators passed the bill, and Mr. Walker signed it March 11.


Tuesday's opinion, signed by three of the Supreme Court's seven justices, said the circuit-court judge, Maryann Sumi, exceeded her authority.  The justices wrote, "One of the courts that we are charged with supervising has usurped the legislative power which the Wisconsin Constitution grants exclusively to the legislature."


Justice David Prosser, who narrowly survived a re-election battle in April that became a referendum on the collective-bargaining law and Mr. Walker's policies, issued a separate concurring opinion.


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