Local Representatives Weigh in on Right-to-Work Legislation
By Ryan Burk, WSAW-TV (Channel 7)
After being approved by the State Senate 17-15 Wednesday night, Right to Work legislation is now one step closer to becoming reality across the state. However, it must first be voted on by the assembly next week.
While Democratic Representative Katrina Shankland of Stevens Point has expressed strong disapproval of Right to Work, several Central Wisconsin Republican representatives tell Newschannel 7 that they have not yet made a definitive decision on how they plan to vote on the issue.
Several, including Representative Bob Kulp, say they want to wait until a public hearing on Monday to make any decision.
"I try to be very careful and I try to understand what the ramifications are for better or for worse. Some people think that this is going to be the end of western civilization as we know it ,and other people think its going to be the best thing that has ever happened to the state. The truth really lies somewhere in the middle, and so I'm going to be looking at it very carefully and just trying to understand what the issue is." Rep. Kulp says.
Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Katrina Shankland maintains that Right to Work will not be helpful for the state.
"Right to Work is wrong for Wisconsin. It's an attack on the middle class and it takes freedom away from workers and private businesses. That's why over 400 businesses and directors in companies have implored to governor to force this issue on them and asked Republicans in the legislature to stop this harmful legislation." Shankland says.
Governor Scott Walker has said that if Right to Work is approved in the assembly, he will sign it into law.