Labor hammered home a message to lawmakers Wednesday. On a day of budget related rallies at the Capitol, Marty Beil with the Wisconsin State Employees Union says that message is simple, do your job: “Get this budget done. Take care of the citizens of this state, the infrastructure of this state. Let's get a budget before there's pain for everybody.”
Beil says state departments such as Corrections will feel the crunch if no budget is passed. And, he says Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch's Assembly Republican Caucus has been hijacked by the “right wing ideologues” of Americans for Prosperity , which also rallied a the Capitol today, for a zero tax increase budget. Shouting and chanting union members surrounded the anti tax group outside the Capitol. The contrasting rallies come as the state budget is now more than three months overdue, and with no word on when lawmakers will next meet to try and broker a compromise.