Green Bay, WI - (WFRV) The fight from the governor's office to reverse that Dane County judge's decision officially begins on Tuesday. That's when Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen expects to file a motion asking for a stay on the ruling, pending an appeal.
"We believe he is wrong on the law and we are ultimately going to appeal that decision," said Van Hollen.
The attorney general says he will waste little time responding to the ruling by a Dane County judge. In it the judge overturned Gov. Walker's Act 10 - saying it violates the state and U.S. Constitution. The law severely limits collective bargaining rights for local government and school district employees. Act 10 caused protests all across the state, but was ultimately approved by the state legislature.
"We think it is imperative that the will of the people through the voice of the governor and legislature be allowed to stand, " said Attorney General Van Hollen. "Until we have a ruling from a higher court on the ruling he's entered."
Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch says it's imperative a stay is granted until the decision is appealed. Speaking on WTAQ radio Kleefisch said local governments and school districts have set upcoming budgets based on Act 10. Changing the rules temporarily now will do more harm than good.
"Our governments and their agents need stability and predictability in order to perform their daily functions and services that taxpayers depend on," said Kleefisch.
The attorney general's motion to stay the ruling will ensure Act 10 continues to be enforced until the courts make their final decision - that could take months.
"Whether the case is stayed is one of the things we need to see fixed. If the case is stayed - the level of urgency has been reduced. If it is not, the level of urgency is increased," said Van Hollen. "If we need to go to the Supreme Court to get that decision, we want to do that sooner than later."
While this case works its way through the courts, political experts predict the subject of collective bargaining will once again become a campaign issue, in both the upcoming state and national elections.