Speaker Thompson & Democrats Recess to Join Rally for Wisconsin Public UnionsSPEAKER THOMPSON & DEMOCRATS RECESS TO JOIN RALLY FOR WISCONSIN PUBLIC UNIONS
State GOP Head Questions Hypocrisy, Wasted Time & Priorities
CHARLESTON, WV – The House of Delegates passed a resolution (House Resolution No. 40) yesterday expressing support for Wisconsin public union workers and condemning Republicans and Wisconsin Governor Walker. Today, the AFL-CIO has organized a rally for Wisconsin’s public unions at the Capital. With the final day of the Legislative Session starting at 11:00 am today and the codified end of the session at midnight this evening, Speaker Thompson and the Democrats in the House of Delegates recessed on this important day to allow the Speaker and Democrats to join the rally for Wisconsin public unions.
“Rick Thompson and Larry Puccio condemned the actions of Ron Walters this week because they claimed it to be a “waste of precious legislator time” in an important session,” said Mike Stuart, Chairman of the West Virginia Republican Party. “What is a recess to join a labor rally considered? Clearly, after spending hundreds of millions on dollars on tax breaks for the gambling industry and massively raising DMV and other fees, handing out hundreds of millions in pay raises over the next ten years, and passing a pointless and offensive resolution in support of Wisconsin public unions and condemning the legal act of a duly elected Governor of another state, Speaker Thompson and the Democrats have decided that a labor rally for another state is the best use of taxpayer time and money.”
“Not a single dollar has been cut from the public budget and the Democrats claim we cannot afford to eliminate the food tax completely yet they pass hundreds of millions in pay raises and tax breaks for the gambling industry,” said Stuart. “Now, adding insult to injury, the Democrats are foregoing discussion of creating jobs or lowering taxes on this important day so that they can join a rally for Wisconsin public union workers.”
“Ron Walters and the Republicans in the House are right to point out that the Democrats care more about the special interest, Obama’s agenda, and organized labor than they do for the people of West Virginia,” said Stuart. “Clearly, the people of West Virginia must be proud that they sent their delegates to Charleston to rally for organized labor rather than cut the budget and spending, cut taxes, or create legislation to help bring jobs to our state. It’s embarrassing.”
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