Walker Rejects Dems’ ‘Border Summit’ Idea

MADISON, Wis. (CBS) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is rejecting an offer by Democratic state senators to meet him at the Illinois-Wisconsin state line for a discussion ending the budget standoff.

Walker called the offer “ridiculous.”

The 14 Wisconsin senate Democrats are holed up in Illinois, to avoid voting on a budget that would strip collective bargaining rights from unionized state workers – including teachers.

On Monday morning, Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona) asked Walker for the face-to-face meeting along the state line.

Republicans have enough votes to approve the measure, but not at least one Democrat must be present in order to establish a quorum to vote on such budget matters.

Late last week, Walker said he would issue pink slips to 1,500 state workers if the Democratic senators didn’t return for the vote, but the senators said they are not backing down.

Republican senators have also voted to find their Democratic colleagues in contempt, a move that means Democrats could be forcibly returned to Madison if they return to Wisconsin. They have suggested sending police out to detain the Democrats and haul them back to Madison.

Meanwhile, protesters continue to gather in a heated opposition to Walker’s plan. On Monday, they lined up in Wisconsin Dells, where Walker was attending an annual conference on tourism.

“Support our schools the same way you support tourism,” said protester Peter Vedro. “That’s my message to Governor Walker.”

Walker claims that the protesters are in the minority, and the people of Wisconsin overwhelmingly support his decision.

  • Mr Voter

    Firee all those loud mouth teachers , and over paid union goons….then issue warrents on the cowards that fled their duties, dening the democated process of voteong….cause they don’t have their way they walk off the job, any place else they would be fired…they should be bought up on treason, and returned by the FEDS….kick them out and have a new vote asap…..enough already, this spending has to stop at all levels of goverment.

  • Curmudgeon

    Fire the teachers who tought you how to spell, and who neglected to tell you the definition of “treason” in the US Constitution.

  • Jim

    These Democrats are basically saying that the election process is worthless. The people of Wisconsin voted and would like their voices heard, but the Democrats are spitting in these peoples faces and saying that they are more important than the majority that voted Walker in. You are not better than anyone you worthless idiots!

    • Curmudgeon

      The technique of denying a quorum seems equivalent to a filibuster, both of which are parliamentary maneuvers used by legislative minorities. I remember learning about Abraham Lincoln jumping out a window in the Illinois legislature to deny a quorum.

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