Starting Tuesday, Feb. 15 Wisconsin has been in an uproar due to their Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-cuts bill. The bill introduced to congress would cut the wages and benefits of public sector workers, and curtail collective bargaining.
Since the beginning of the protests Walker’s refuses to communicate with the protesters and has stated numerous times that he has the backing of the state’s voters, disagreeing that the bill is necessary to avoid job cuts.
One protester who is against the bill, Jim Schneider stated, “What happens here is going to be very important to what happens in a lot of other states.”
Many states through the U.S. are keeping a keen eye on the protest due to the same reason that Walker proposed budget-cuts. The states that have Republican control are waiting to see exactly how Walker goes about controlling the protests, even to the point to see if the bill goes through.
It has been estimated by the police in Madison on Saturday, Feb. 19 that nearly 70,000 Wisconsin citizens were at the Capital Building protesting.
“It’s been [a]n truly moving week of growing solidarity as Wisconsinites joined together to reject Gov. Scott Walker’s harsh agenda,” states Gary Storck, a reporter for the Examiner.
The 14 Democratic lawmakers have headed to Illinois rather than be enforced to participate on the voting on the bill. The police officials are in pursuit of finding where the 14 Democratic lawmakers are due to their boycotting of the bill.
“The move produced a frantic political drama, as state troopers were reportedly sent out to find the fleeing lawmakers and Walker hinted that the National Guard would be called in to fill the void left by protesting union workers,” added The Huffington Post.
The protests are still ongoing and the numbers are increasing to record heights.