By a vote of 18-1, Republicans last night in the Wisconsin State Senate approved legislation sharply curbing collective bargaining rights for government workers. Members of the Senate's democratic minority, who strongly oppose the legislation, had fled the state in an effort to block the vote. But Republicans, led by Governor Scott Walker, separated the bill from a broader budget measure that would have required a larger 20-member quorum. The state assembly is set to take up the measure this morning.
Jason Stein, Capitol reporter for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Robert Reich, professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley, author of "Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future," and former labor secretary under President Bill Clinton.
Brian Darling, director of government studies at the Heritage Foundation