The article:

A firestorm in Wisconsin

By Greg Borowski
Published on Thursday, February 17th, 2011 at 8:15 p.m.

It's not every day that a state's budget repair bill generates a firestorm of protestors, fierce criticism and widespread national media commentary. But not every budget repair bill is like the one under consideration in Wisconsin.

New Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in the state Legislature are using their newfound control of government to force state employees to pay more toward pensions and health care by advancing wholesale changes to the Wisconsin's collective bargaining laws.

If the measure passes, public employee unions would be left only with the right to bargain over wages, and that would come with limits.

PolitiFact Wisconsin has been putting statements related to the issue to the test:

Walker's claim that he has the ability to sharply curtail unions was rated Mostly True; his statement about what state employees in Wisconsin pay compared to others was rated True; and his statement that one of the budget alternatives was to drop 200,000 kids from Medicaid was rated False.

Meanwhile, a statement from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee that Walker had threatened to use the National Guard to quell protests was rated Pants on Fire.

The claim by the state AFL-CIO that for thousand of workers the measure would "take away any say they have in the workplace and eliminate their union" was rated Half True; a claim by a key state Senator that in private sector unions the norm is to bargain only on wages was rated False; and a claim by MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz that the changes could cost  workers 20 percent of their income was also rated False.

About this article:


See individual Truth-O-Meter items.

Researchers: Greg Borowski

How to contact us:

We want to hear your suggestions and comments.

For tips or comments on our Obameter and our GOP-Pledge-O-Meter promise databases, please e-mail the Obameter. If you are commenting on a specific promise, please include the wording of the promise.

For comments about our Truth-O-Meter or Flip-O-Meter items, please e-mail the Truth-O-Meter. We’re especially interested in seeing any chain e-mails you receive that you would like us to check out. If you send us a comment, we'll assume you don't mind us publishing it unless you tell us otherwise.

Browse The Truth-O-MeterTM: