Wisconsin budget controversy

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The Wisconsin budget controversy of 2011 began when Democrats and Republicans sharply disagreed over the provisions of a budget bill in February. In a dramatic move, 14 Democratic legislators traveled to neighboring Illinois, out of reach of state troopers who could otherwise compel their attendance in a legislative session.[1][2]

  • The Democrats fled to a hotel in Urbana, Ill., to stop votes on the state budget and a slate of labor and education bills, including a "right to work" measure that would have banned all workplaces from requiring union membership or dues.[3]
  • Under the law, the state would also stop withholding union dues from government paychecks and make due payments strictly voluntary. [1]

See also

  • Scott Walker, conservative Wisconsin governor who signed the bill into law


  1. "The state constitution says lawmakers can be compelled to attend floor sessions." Democrats flee state to avoid vote on budget bill - Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel - Feb. 25, 2011
  2. "Wisconsin law doesn't allow police to arrest the lawmakers." Associated Press
  3. Wisconsin Assembly approves controversial collective-bargaining measure