With the Democratic primary election less than a week away, and the general recall election slated for June 5, the issue of collective bargaining has pretty much taken a back seat to jobs and other issues, according to a poll released Wednesday.
State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout visited The Grind Cafe in Mount Pleasant, WI, on April 22 to talk about the alternative budget she wrote last year after Gov. Scott Walker introduced his budget. She says she kept in mind that he wanted to pay bills without raising taxes but said she re-arranged priorities to keep education at the top of the list.
Former US Rep. David Obey today called on the Wisconsin Democratic candidates for Governor for the recall election to stop bashing each other. Focus, instead, he said, on the poor job Gov. Scott Walker is doing leading the state. Obey said the candidates must keep their “eyes on the prize” and earn the trust of voters by treating each other in a fair-minded way.
“The chances of unseating the governor are not so outrageously good that we can waste time attacking each other,” Obey said. “Stretching facts to score points … needlessly divides us.”
Although Scott Walker wasn’t at the debate, the Republican governor’s name was mentioned early and often, as the candidates criticized his decisions to strip public unions of their ability to collectively bargain, to allow corporate tax loopholes while putting more of a tax burden on the middle class, and to cut education spending.