This is perhaps the sentence that most aptly captures the rift between philosophical conservatism and the policies being proposed by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican majorities. On the overhaul of state labor relations:
But the measure would exempt law enforcement and firefighters - groups that supported Walker in the November election - from those bargaining changes.
In a recent interview with Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), what struck me about the Assistant Majority Leader's rhetoric was his willingness to frame the debate over public worker benefits in the context of local police and firefighters. In fact, he volunteered cops and firefighter benefits as an example of an area that would need to be cut to reduce state spending. No other Republican, including the governor, has the cuts to say it that way.
They also don't have the guts to write the law that way.