Monthly Archives: June 2011

Governor Walker Signs Budget Bill; Uses 50 Vetoes

Governor Scott Walker signed the 2011-13 biennial budget into law in Green Bay yesterday, using his powerful line-item veto 50 times. Details about the vetoes began trickling out of the Capitol on Friday and continued over the weekend. The $66…

Concealed Carry Passes Assembly

The Wisconsin Assembly passed Senate Bill 93 yesterday on a bipartisan vote of 68-27. Governor Scott Walker is expected to sign the bill into law, which could go into effect as early as October 1. The bill allows adult citizens…

Senate Passes Budget

The Wisconsin State Senate, voting along straight party lines, passed the 2011-13 biennial budget 19-14 last night. Republicans rejected all Democratic amendments and offered no amendments of their own before approving the Assembly version of the bill. The Assembly had…

Collective Bargaining Update

A group of labor unions filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to the block the reinstatement of collective bargaining legislation. The lawsuit addresses collective bargaining only and does not seek to stop implementation of increased payroll deductions for pensions and health…

Assembly Passes Budget

The Assembly passed the 2011-13 biennial budget early this morning, after 13 hours of debate and 40 rejected Democratic amendments. PROFS lobbied hard for changes that benefit faculty and the university. The vote was 60-38 along straight party lines, with…

Concealed Carry Passes Senate

The Wisconsin State Senate yesterday approved legislation that would allow citizens of Wisconsin to carry concealed firearms. The proposal passed by a margin of 25-8, with 6 Democrats joining all Republicans in support of the bill. The Assembly is expected…

Wisconsin Supreme Court Overturns Sumi’s Collective Bargaining Decision

The Wisconsin Supreme Court today overturned Judge Maryann Sumi’s decision to invalidate collective bargaining legislation, saying that she overstepped her authority and should not have stopped the publication and implementation of the legislation. Last month, Judge Sumi ruled that passage…

PROFS Lobbies for Changes to Budget Bill

PROFS is actively communicating with state legislators on two important issues in the state budget. The following statement was distributed to legislators today: PROFS:  State Budget Changes Needed to Keep UW-Madison Competitive As legislators consider provisions in the state budget…

Collective Bargaining May Be Added to Budget

Assembly Republican leaders have indicated they plan to add controversial legislation that sharply limits collective bargaining by public employees to the state budget. The Assembly is scheduled to begin budget deliberations at 11 am today, June 14, and the Senate…

Legislative Week Ahead

A busy and transformative week is ahead for the Wisconsin Legislature. The Assembly is scheduled to vote on Governor Scott Walker’s 2011-13 biennial budget, and the Senate is poised to approve concealed carry legislation. The Assembly will meet on Tuesday…