From the New York Times:
The bitter political standoff in Wisconsin over Gov. Scott Walker‘s bid to sharply curtail collective bargaining for public-sector workers ended abruptly Wednesday night, as his Republican counterparts in the State Senate successfully maneuvered to adopt a bill doing just that.
After a three-week stalemate, Republican senators pushed the measure through in less than half an hour, with the Senate’s Democrats still miles away trying to block the vote. Democratic Assembly members complained bitterly, and protesters, who had spent many days at the Capitol, continued their chants and jeers.
John McCormack at The Weekly Standard provides some more detail:
Wisconsin senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald confirms in a statement that the amended bill passed tonight includes both the collective bargaining provisions and the requirements for state workers to pay more for their pensions and health insurance premiums:
“Tonight, the Senate will be passing the items in the budget repair bill that we can, with the 19 members who actually DO show up and do their jobs. Those items include the long-overdue reform of collective bargaining needed to help local governments absorb these budget cuts, and the 12 percent health care premium and 5 percent pension contribution.
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