As the Colorado Legislature and Governor John Hickenlooper struggle with closing a huge budget gap of their own–including asking state employees to contribute more of their own money to their retirement plans, The Colorado Independent offers a glimpse of how they do things in Wisconsin.
The Huffington Post this morning reported that new polling in Wisconsin indicates strong support for state workers rallying at the Capitol, and diminishing support for Republican Governor Scott Walker and his efforts to limit the power of state employees’ unions.
Referring to claims by Walker and Republicans in the Wyoming Legislature that they were elected to do what they have to do to balance the budget, John Nichols, of The Nation, writes: that “democracy does not end on election day. That’s when it begins. Citizens do not elect officials to rule them from one election to the next. Citizens elect officials to represent them, to respond to the will of the people as it evolves.”
In a new post at Media Consortium today, it is reported that many members of the Green Bay Packers have come out publicly for the workers.
From that story:
The captain of the Superbowl-winning Green Bay Packers, the NFL’s only non-profit team, has come out in solidarity with the protesters in Wisconsin, Dave Zirin reports in The Nation. Captain Charles Woodson said in a statement:
Last week I was proud when many of my current and former teammates announced their support for the working families fighting for their rights in Wisconsin. Today I am honored to join with them. Thousands of dedicated Wisconsin public workers provide vital services for Wisconsin citizens. They are the teachers, nurses and child care workers who take care of us and our families. These hard working people are under an unprecedented attack to take away their basic rights to have a voice and collectively bargain at work.