Wisconsin budget controversy
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.
- 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.
- Under the law, the state would also stop withholding union dues from government paychecks and make due payments strictly voluntary. 
- Scott Walker, conservative Wisconsin governor who signed the bill into law
- "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
- "Wisconsin law doesn't allow police to arrest the lawmakers." Associated Press
- Wisconsin Assembly approves controversial collective-bargaining measure