Wisconsin’s Scott Walker Repeals Wisconsin Equal Pay Law

So let me get this straight again: all this talk about a Republican “War on Women” is ridiculous — as ridiculous as talking about a Republican war on caterpillars?

Oh, by the way, just saw this story:

A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill.

The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, it allows individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court.

In November, the state Senate approved SB 202, which rolled back this provision. On February, the Assembly did the same. Both were party-line votes in Republican-controlled chambers.

SB 202 was sent to Walker on March 29. He had, according to the state constitution, six days to act on the bill. The deadline was 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. The governor quietly signed the bill into law on Thursday, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau, and it is now called Act 219.

Walker’s office did not return repeated requests for comment.

FYI any reporter or former reporter will tell you that on a major news story if a key source doesn’t return repeated requests for comment, they mean they hope the story will go away or that by not commenting the story won’t get prominent placement.

So — let me get this straight — a Republican “War on Women” is like a war on caterpillars?

Oh.

(I just hope the caterpillars are dodging the massive dropping of bug cluster bombs.)

  

12 Comments

  1. Can someone tell me if the following is true? Did Walker tell everyone he was going to be doing stuff like this? Did they vote him in anyways? I wasn’t following the WI elections. One thing the conservatives did in 2010, which I can respect, was that they didn’t mince words with what they were going to do if they got elected. My thoughts were simply, wow they sure won’t get elected on that. But apparently a lot of them did. I’m guessing Walker is going what he said he would do, in which case, I hope its a lesson to every other state.

  2. slamfu– I think the big beef against Walker is that he campaigned on a totally different platform. This is a stealth agenda which is probably why so many signed his recall petition.
    Is he hurrying to get his agenda wrapped up before he is kicked out by Wisconsin voters?

  3. BTW– doesn’t this seem like shockingly bad timing considering the political tension on this subject and the GOP’s problem with women voters?

  4. Maybe he’s trying to get in what legislation he can before the recall. Look for some more hail mary’s in the near future from the esteemed governor Walker.

  5. A Huffington Post article?

    Perhaps HuffyPoo writers should be more concerned about simply getting paid – now that AOL has bent them over.

    ~just sayin’….

  6. No comment on substance loco?

  7. Of course not, Zephyr. It also doesn’t matter that the article, on HuffPo or not, is accurate and reported on by other organizations.

  8. The issue is not whether this is a Huffington Post article or a Hot Air article. The issue is the content and the issue. Just a little reminder:)

  9. This is par for the course in Wisconsin (sorry, just had to use a golf reference, since Augusta will still not allow women). If the SCOTUS did not exist, I would expect a ban on abortions and birth control, establishment of marshal law, suspension of the right for women to vote, suspension of the right for Democrats to vote and the enslavement of all state and local public employees (j/k).

    Oh wait! The last one has nearly happened! My bad…

  10. It is not certain that Walker will be recalled. The latest polls show him gaining ground to avoid recall, some show him slightly ahead.

  11. Walker is too protected by the Koch brothers.

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