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Anti-tax pledge directs budget debates nationwide

The governor of Wisconsin has signed it. So have most of the Republicans in California’s Legislature. As state lawmakers grapple with how to address massive budget deficits, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist is leaving his fingerprints on legislatures across the country. His pledge against taxes is embraced by conservatives and reviled by liberals and some moderates.… Continue Reading Anti-tax pledge directs budget debates nationwide

Wisconsin gov. pranked by caller posing as donor

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A prank caller pretending to be billionaire conservative businessman David Koch was able to have a lengthy conversation with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker about his strategy to cripple public employee unions, the governor’s office confirmed Wednesday. On the call, Walker joked about bringing a baseball bat to a meeting with Democratic leaders, said it would… Continue Reading Wisconsin gov. pranked by caller posing as donor

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Wisconsin governor warns of layoff notices

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker warned Tuesday that state employees could start receiving layoff notices as early as next week if a bill eliminating most collective bargaining rights isn’t passed soon. Walker said in a statement to The Associated Press that the layoffs wouldn’t take effect immediately. He didn’t say which workers would be targeted but… Continue Reading Wisconsin governor warns of layoff notices

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Colorado Springs labor and political leaders are planning to rally at noon today at City Hall in support of Wisconsin government workers who are protesting a plan to reduce public unions’ collective bargaining rights. Former state Rep. Mike Merrifield, a candidate for City Council is scheduled to speak at the rally. Labor organizers fear that if… Continue Reading Springs labor groups plan Wisconsin support rally today

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