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Re: Glad I dont live in Wisconson
I've lived in WI for 25 years. Politically, the state is more highly polarized now than it has been. Since taking office in January, Gov Walker has been very divisive. Few have mized feelings about him or in the direction he wants to to take the state. The fact that Walker is being targeted for recall (after he's been in office for a year) is significant. However, the state's public education system has been in politician's crosshairs since the early 90s, when Tommy Thompson limited the ability of local school boards to raise revenue without going to referendum and orchestrated a "Qualified Economic Offer" (QEO) law limiting the total increase in compensation of public school employees to a fixed percentage. Walker's apparently successful attempt to curtail collective bargaining is merely a continuation of policies that started nearly 20 years ago.
Few states had their political landscapes in the fall 2010 elections altered more than Wisconsin's. A Republicans tsunami overtook Madison; Russ Feingold's loss to Ron Johnson (aka Senator Sunspot) was perhaps the biggest shock.
The more WI residents learn about the WiscNet/AT&T issue, the better. The attempt to defund WiscNet was a late change and was as much under the radar as it could have been. Once the word got around, many WI residents contacted their legislators, urging them to maintain funding for WiscNet. It appears that the response was enough to have them remove the WiscNet defunding portion from the budget. Hallelujah!