In Letter, Wisconsin Democrats Demand Compromise, Offer to Meet Walker at Border
Just a short time ago, the Wisconsin Democratic senators had a letter hand-delivered to Governor Walker and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, pointing out the concessions made by public workers and offering to meet in person (at the Wisconsin-Illinois border) to work out a compromise. This may look tempting given the eroding poll numbers of the Republicans throughout the course of this standoff.
The text of the letter, signed by Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller, is below:
Dear Governor Walker and Senator Fitzgerald:
Over the past several weeks we have witnessed an unprecedented public debate in Wisconsin over the value of public workers and the importance of collective bargaining rights. I write today to offer to meet, in-person, as soon as possible to resume discussions on how we reach a bipartisan solution to our differences on January 2011 Special Session Senate and Assembly Bill 11.The working people of Wisconsin are deeply concerned about what the future holds for their families, and for the great state they call home. Now more than ever they are counting on us as leaders to work together to resolve our differences to move our state forward.
Since the bill's introduction, public workers have come forward to offer economic concessions and Democrats have offered a number of proposals to try to reach a bipartisan resolution.
I assure you that Democratic State Senators, despite our differences and the vigorous debate we have had, remain ready and willing to find a reasonable compromise. To that end, I would ask that you or your authorized representatives agree to meet with us near the Wisconsin-Illinois border to formally resume serious discussions
as soon as possible.
The people of Wisconsin are overwhelmingly supportive of us reaching a bipartisan, negotiated compromise. Senate Democrats stand ready to do just that, we ask that you do the same.