Representative Peter Barca warns of a Scott Walker power grab. The Assembly Minority Leader says Governor Scott Walker’s controversial move to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights also creates new political appointees. “Of course with today’s new revelation of another new political crony job that pays much more than it should pay to someone with questionable qualifications, I would hope that we’d put an end to political cronyism,” said Barca. Barca was reacting to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report which revealed that the son of a Walker campaign contributor has landed an 81 thousand dollar job in the governor’s administration despite a thin resume and no college degree.
The Assembly GOP leadership has indicated they will not try to amend Walker’s budget adjustment bill with the collective bargaining changes which are now tied up in court. “There’s a little bit of a trust issue there, but I would be surprised” if such an amendment were offered during Tuesday’s Assembly floor session, said Barca. But Barca said a special session bill, AB 8, which could give the governor broad rule making authority could come up for a vote.