At 3:00 a.m. this morning, the Republican-controlled Wisconsin legislature passed Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) budget, which makes draconian cuts to education and social services, and ends tax breaks for low- and middle-income households.
The late-night vote, which came after 13 hours of debate, flies directly in the face of a commitment Walker made on the campaign trail, when he promised to end late-night votes because “nothing good happens after midnight”:
He promised to sign legislation if elected governor that prohibits the Legislature from voting after 10 p.m. or before 9 a.m. “I have two teenagers and I tell them that nothing good happens after midnight. That’s even more true in politics,” he said in a statement. “The people of Wisconsin deserve to know what their elected leaders are voting on.”
Walker and the GOP legislature had already violated the pledge in March when the Assembly passed at 1:17 a.m. the governor’s infamous budget repair bill, which stripped public employees of their collective bargaining rights.
The state GOP has been rushing to pass as much legislation as possible because they fear losing control of the Legislature after a slew of upcoming recall elections targeting Republicans in the state Senate, as the New York Times recently reported.