Monday, August 1, 2011
Recall Dreams and Public Library Maintenance of Effort
What will Wisconsin Democrats do if their recall dreams come true? (The Isthmus, 7/28/2011) Thanks to Kris Adams Wendt, who alerted me to Jay Rath's column. I picked up this issue of The Isthmus last Thursday but obviously skimmed through its content too quickly.)
Excerpt: So what is possible for Democrats if their dreams come true?
"We can put a dam to the erosion of the Wisconsin view on things," says Risser.
The earliest petitions can be filed for the recall of Walker is Jan. 3, 2012. With a new governor in place, and the Senate in Democratic hands, collective bargaining, shared revenue, school funding, Medicaid, aid for the arts and public library systems -- all could be considered says Risser. [Emphasis added.]
[I just talked with Terry Tuschen, a legislative aide to Sen Risser, and he confirmed that "public library systems" is actually a reference to maintenance of effort.]
"I don't think there's going to be an out-and-out repeal of everything [Walker] did, but what's going to happen is we're going to revisit the areas of his most egregious activities, and, I think, moderate to a degree," says Risser.
But if the Democrats don't win the Senate in August, Risser says, "I have to think the recall efforts on the governor are not viable."