cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The uncertainty in local governments and school systems across Wisconsin continues for so long as the legislature’s action during the time the “fourteen” were absent is in limbo. Judge Sumi has made her decision known and the Justice Department has made its position know in advance of the Supreme Court hearing set for June 6th.
Some school districts have made deals with their union employees while others are waiting to learn what they can and cannot do in this new world. Labor unions have been on pins and needles given the impact the law, if upheld, will potentially have on their membership…more to the point, on their paid membership.
Some of the deals made to this point have elicited howls from the conservative side of the aisle. In some cases, it does appear that certain of the deals have been made in good faith without locking up sweetheart deals for several more years. Other of the deals appear to have some elements that are questionable, and still other deals seem without merit except from labor’s point-of-view.
We do need some closure on this subject. It would be good to have this behind us, one way or another. Our elected officials and staff persons need to know what the rules are if they are to make solid decisions based on the facts. While the facts are being questioned, few, if any, decisions can be made. Similarly, the subjects of the debate, the members of labor organizations impacted by the law, and us citizens, need to know what their/our world will be going forward.
The Supreme Court would do well for us all if it decides the case quickly. The case seems to hinge on whether the legislature’s own rules are to be given credence. The legislature is one of the three legs on the stool of state government. It likely does have the power to make its own rules of debate.
Once this decision is made, the full legislature needs to act the part of adults and get on with its work without the bombast and theatrics that we’ve seen too much of already this session. To borrow from those children: Shame!