State superintendent lobbies against collective bargaining law
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin state Superintendent Tony Evers is making a last-ditch plea with state lawmakers not to pass Gov. Scott Walker's proposal taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights for teachers and other public workers.
Evers sent a letter Tuesday to Republican legislative leaders urging them not to make the changes as part of the state budget.
Republicans say they plan to add the union provisions to the budget since the bill they passed earlier in the year remains tied up in court.
Evers says taking away bargaining rights does nothing to balance the budget and should be removed, especially since the state has seen an increase in revenue of $636 million above what was originally expected.
But Evers concedes passage of the union changes is likely a "foregone conclusion."
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