. Though exempted from the harsh changes sought from other public employees, the members of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association take a strong stand against Walker's "union-busting measures." And the Madison police union declares that it "stands together with the WPPA and all other labor organizations in the state" in opposing Walker's plan.
DOWN: Scott Walker. Even if you agree the state is perched on the edge of economic ruin and that public employees must take one for the team, Walker's approach - unilaterally cutting benefits and gutting collective bargaining rights - is shocking and extreme. As state Sen. Fred Risser noted, Walker is acting like a dictator, not a leader. Whether or not he succeeds in his radical agenda, he has earned the bitter enmity of public workers and others, and set the stage for protracted conflict. Is that really in Wisconsin's interest, or just Walker's?
Correction: Due to a formatting error, the categories for this week's "Fortunes" feature were switched in the print version of Isthmus. We meant to give the "Down" arrow to Scott Walker and the "Up" arrow to State law enforcement.