Governor, Milwaukee mayor react to Act 10, voter ID rulings

CREATED Jul 31, 2014 - UPDATED: Jul 31, 2014

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MADISON - The State Supreme Court issued three rulings Thursday morning.

They upheld both the voter ID law and the domestic partnership registry. But the decision that has everyone talking is their ruling on Act 10. The 5-2 decision to uphold the law is a major victory for Governor Scott Walker.
Walker said on Thursday that the decision really validated all of his legislative accomplishments.
"I think this is an affirmation that what we did is legal and that it's constitutional ... I hope it's a kind of a move on point that can it can no longer be challenged, at least in the state court," he said.
Walker hailed the 5-2 vote, upholding Act 10 -- his signature legislation that limits collective bargaining powers of state employees. The governor credits the law for lowering taxes, something he thinks will matter to voters.
"Not only for our base, but independent voters who are looking to facts and make an objective decision," Walker said. "This affirms a clear difference in this race. We will allow Act 10 to move forward."
Plenty of others shared their opinions about Act 10 including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The mayor called the Act 10 decision disappointing, but not surprising. 
"I don't support the wide range of Act 10 and taking away people's right to organize," he said. "I'm disappointed in that, but not surprised by that part of it given the makeup of the court."
The governor and mayor also disagree on the ruling made today requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls, but they each recognize that legal fight won't end soon.
"We think it's a common sense reform," Walker said. "Like most people in this state, it's not much to get [and ID]."
Barrett said this isn't the end of voter ID, as it will be decided in the federal courts.