A Crack in Walker’s Wall?

Wis. Gov. Scott Walker

Even as Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin maintains his no-compromise stance on dismantling the collective bargaining rights of state employees, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that some moderate Republicans in the Wisconsin assembly may be prepared to yield a smidge.

The proposal, written by Sen. Dale Schultz and first floated in the Republican caucus early last week, calls for most collective bargaining rights of public-employee unions to be eliminated—per Mr. Walker’s bill—but then reinstated in 2013, said Mr. Schultz’s chief of staff Todd Allbaugh.

“Dale is committed to find a way to preserve collective bargaining in the future,” said Mr. Allbaugh in a telephone interview.

It’s not enough to bring the state’s runaway Democrats back to work. They insist that if collective bargain is going to be OK in 2013, then why do away with it even temporarily? They also believe that Republicans are likely to maintain their majority through 2013, so the sun could rise on Schultz’s sunset provision. Thus, Democrats are staying away from the Capitol, which in effect has shut down Wisconsin’s government.

But the Schultz proposal is a possible indication that some of Walker’s GOP colleagues are not willing to walk this plank with him.


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