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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck

What do you make of ruling on Act 10?

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Greg Peck
January 22, 2013

Friday’s appeals court decision on Act 10 was a victory for Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans who control the state Legislature.

In a 2-1 decision, an appeals court panel upheld the entire law. It said the state could draw a line between public safety and other unions, that it had a rational basis for doing so, and that the law didn’t discriminate against other unions based on their political leanings.

Republicans passed Act 10, also known as the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, to address a $3.6 billion state budget deficit two years ago. The law required that public employees pay toward their retirements and allowed governments to impose higher health care costs on workers. The law retained bargaining over wages but limited increases to the rise in the consumer price index. It also required that unions recertify each year and banned dues collections through payrolls.

So does Friday’s ruling settle it? Where do the state, unions and public employees go from here?

We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Wednesday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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