Senators Darling, Larson debate merits of Act 10 ruling

CREATED Sep 14, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep 14, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- A Dane County judge ruling Act 10 unconstitutional led to a variety of reactions from local lawmakers.

Republicans vowed to support the appeal and Democrats feel the right decision was finally made.

Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) was recalled for her role in the legislation.  "I'm confident that our attorney general will appeal the ruling," said Darling.

Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) is one of 14 Democratic Senators who fled the state last year to deny a quorum on the budget repair bill.

"I think this is a big victory not just for us, but also for the people of Wisconsin," said Larson.

Darling says the ruling goes against what her constituents want.

"The majority of people in our state have said they want us to live within our means, they want us to eliminate deficits and they want us to do what is in the best interest of our taxpayers."

Larson says Republicans should have known it wouldn't be easy.

"I mean when they did this, when Walker did this, he knew he was going to be stepping on shaky constitutional ground," argued Larson.

Both sides do agree on one thing -- the decision is about values, but they have very different definitions of what they are.

"It doesn't fit with the values of the rest of the state," said Darling.

"This reinforces our Wisconsin values of fairness, so it's a big victory for us," believes Larson.