Last week, the nation’s eyes were once again on the Wisconsin State Capitol as the state legislature debated controversial right-to-work legislation. After a partisan vote in the Senate, the bill was debated for 24 hours in the Assembly, ending once again with a vote along party lines. After the long debate, the bill was forwarded to the Governor’s desk where it awaited its fate.
This past Monday, Governor Walker signed the controversial bill into law, making Wisconsin the 25th Right-to-Work state in the nation. During the bill signing, the Governor said the law sends a powerful message across the country and around the world. The Governor has also stated that the bill will add to Wisconsin’s economic recovery stating, “We now have given one more big thing on that checklist to say that Wisconsin is open for business.”
The law has come along with criticism from many opponents including President Obama. The President stated that the law would weaken the middle-class and that he was disappointed in what he perceives as an anti-worker law.