Friday, April 29, 2011

Wisconsin Budget: The Final Two Days

... or maybe not.

Majority Republicans in both houses used rare procedural maneuvers to bypass roadblocks from minority Democrats, and pass the controversial Budget Repair Bill curtailing public employee collective bargaining rights. These photos follow the bill's final two days from it's passing through the Legislature to the Governor's desk.

State Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), right, continues to speak in objection while state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (D-Juneau) bangs the gavel adjourning a meeting of the state Legislature's conference committee at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday evening, March 9, 2011.

The state Senate prepares to vote after a meeting of a state Legislature conference committee at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday evening, March 9, 2011.

State Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) says "no" during a vote on the budget repair bill after a meeting of a state Legislature conference committee at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday evening, March 9, 2011. Schultz was the lone Republican voting against the bill.

Tears roll down the face of Liz Sanger of Madison after the state Senate passed the budget repair bill following a meeting of a state Legislature conference committee at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday evening, March 9, 2011.

After a protester outside threw a snowball hitting a window at the state Capitol, State Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink (D-Milladore) implores protesters to remain peaceful during a press conference of Democratic state Assembly members after the state Senate passed the budget repair bill following a meeting of a state Legislature conference committee at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday evening, March 9, 2011.

Wisconsin State Troopers confer during a tense moment as protesters rushed into the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday evening, March 9, 2011.

The state Capitol in Madison, Wis., was reoccupied by protesters who rushed into the building after hours, Wednesday evening, March 9, 2011.

Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs pleads with protesters to leave the state Assembly antechamber voluntarily at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday morning, March 10, 2011.

Wisconsin State Patrol officers drag a protester out of the state Assembly antechamber at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday morning, March 10, 2011.

Wisconsin State Patrol officers drag a protester out of the state Assembly antechamber at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday morning, March 10, 2011.

State Reps. Sondy Pope-Roberts (D-Middleton) and Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse), facing, embrace in tears as protesters are removed from the state Assembly antechamber by Wisconsin State Patrol officers at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday morning, March 10, 2011.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson enters the state Assembly to lead the body in prayer at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday, March 10, 2011.

State Reps. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) and Daniel Knodl (R-Germantown) hold hands during prayer led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson in the state Assembly at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday, March 10, 2011.

State Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) lights a lighter while holding the Assembly rulebook as he speaks on the motion to remove State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) from his leadership position at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday, March 10, 2011.

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) reads from a death threat letter, in hand, addressed towards him and other Assembly Republicans while responding to Assembly Democrats' motion to remove Fitzgerald from his leadership position at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday, March 10, 2011.

State Rep. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) shows signs of frustration in the Assembly chamber at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday, March 10, 2011.

State Assembly Democrats seek to be recognized as Republicans move forward on a vote to pass the budget repair bill at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday, March 10, 2011.

Protesters yell "Shame!" from the state Assembly gallery after the body passed the budget repair bill at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday, March 10, 2011.

Dressed in all orange, down to her high-heeled shoes, to match her party's matching t-shirts, state Rep. Elizabeth Coggs (D-Milwaukee) stands in the Assembly chamber at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday, March 10, 2011.

Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs tries again to persuade protesters to leave the building after the state Capitol closed in Madison, Wis., Thursday evening, March 10, 2011.

Pens sit ready to be used by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to sign a copy of the budget repair bill during a ceremonial bill signing at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Friday afternoon, March 11, 2011.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker shakes hands with state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald after signing a copy of the budget repair bill during a ceremonial bill signing at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Friday afternoon, March 11, 2011.
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