To the Editor:

At 1:30 a.m., in the wee hours of Friday morning, Feb. 25, 2011, Ms. Ballweg, along with the rest of her party members, voted to pass Walker’s Budget Repair Bill.

On Monday, Feb. 28, Ms. Ballweg appeared at the Commonwealth offices to give all Ripon Commonwealth readers “background” on why she voted the way she did.

She and other Republicans will be out visiting all the friendly local newspapers to tell how they are just looking out for the interests of their constituents when in reality they are looking out for their corporate backers.

Ms. Ballweg did not talk about taxing corporations to help the dire straits in which she claims our budget finds itself. Instead she talked how the private sector has made adjustments with their salary and benefits and now the public employees need to do the same.

What she forgot to mention is that the public employees have already agreed to pay more of their pension and insurance costs. She never mentioned that the reason the 14 senators left the state was the language in the bill that referred to collective bargaining.

No matter how she spins her vote, what she voted for was the means her party and her corporate backers are using to do a “little” union-busting in Wisconsin. Her party and her backers’ goals are to turn worker against worker while they sit back and watch the middle class disappear....

— Carol Cate

N7776 Union St.

To read the entire letter, see the March 10, 2011 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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