“Wisconsin 14” face fines

Will the steps taken today prompt the “Wisconsin 14″ who fled almost two weeks ago to avoid doing their job to return?

The 14 Wisconsin state Senate Democrats who left the state two weeks ago will now face fines of $100 for each day they miss, if they miss two or more days.

Republicans remaining in the Senate approved the daily fine on Wednesday morning with none of the Democrats present.

The Democrats left Wisconsin in order to delay indefinitely a Republican-backed bill taking away collective bargaining rights from public employees.

The resolution passed on Wednesday also requires the missing Democrats to reimburse the Senate for any costs incurred during attempts to force them to return. Their salary and other per diem payments can be withheld until they pay back the penalties and costs.

Additional steps are also in place should the “Wisconsin 14” continue to ignore the job they were elected to do.

there are punishments incorporated into the resolution which would allow for the removal of offices from senators, to downsize their offices, to take away spending capabilities for their offices for photocopies and office supplies, even to changing the way the staffs are run.

The clock starts tomorrow.  At some point one would think the “Wisconsin 14” would want to start doing their jobs again in Madison.  We’ll see …

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