Wisconsin Republicans take whole month off, putting jobs measures on hold

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, September 12, 2011 13:01 EDT
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Following the unprecedented wave of recall elections last month, Wisconsin Republicans have decided they don’t want to return to work in Sept., scheduling just one day for the legislature to be in session despite the public’s urging to do something to boost private sector jobs.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D), speaking to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, called the scheduling plan “woefully inadequate,” pointing to proposals Democrats have laid out that would boost hiring in the state by providing tax credits for businesses that hire new workers.

Wisconsin Republicans have resisted such measures, and now it seems voters will have to wait even longer before the legislature takes any action on them.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) blamed the delays on the recent recall elections, suggesting that if Senators did not have to focus on retaining their seats, business would have proceeded as normal.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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