Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Happy Flag Day to Wisconsin indeed.

Quick update: "
The Senate has backed the measure dubbed the "bill to pay the bills" on a unanimous vote.
The legislation now heads to Gov. Scott Walker after Assembly passage last week. Among its provisions:
- the bill would repeal $29.8 million in lapses that were planned under the collective bargaining changes, but not realized because it had been held up by a Dane County judge.
- it would reduce required lapses to $67 million; they were originally to be $200 million.
- it would transfer $235 million to the Patients Compensation Fund by June 30, 2012, to pay back the fund with interest for the illegal $200 million transfer made as part of the 2007-09 budget that was invalidated by the state Supreme Court."

Happy Flag Day! If you don't know the history of our flag take a minute to review it.

There is other good news to report on the Wisconsin front.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has overturned judge Sumi's ruling on the collective bargaining bill passed by the senate earlier this year. (The one with the fleebaggers in absentia.) You may read the decision here. The significant line of the judgement is: "This court has granted the petition for an original action because one of the courts that we are charged with supervising has usurped the legislative power which the Wisconsin Constitution grants exclusively to the legislature."

Also the Senate passed the concealed carry bill. That would be Senate Bill 90. I can't help but note that the current law(until this is signed by the governor) is in violation of the State Constitution of Wisconsin, which states in Article 1, section 25: "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose." So it is a relief to have the law brought a little bit more into line with the Constitution. Next step - Constitutional Carry.

Last week the Assembly voted to approve, by a vote of 84-12, Assembly Bill 148, also known as "the bill to pay the bill." Although it doesn't mean exactly what you would expect it to mean, it has a reassuring sound to it. "The bill to pay the bill". Almost sounds serious about becoming fiscally responsible.

It's almost enough to inspire optimism. Now if only the Congress would behave as responsibly. I know there has been much disparagement of Mr. Obama and his administration(And rightfully so, in my opinion.), but the bottom line is that the Congress has the power and the authority to have stopped nearly every action of the executive branch if they only had the resolve to do so. (As well as a heaping helping of backbone, character, sound moral values and basic human decency.)

"But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows." ~ Luke 12:17

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