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Even though the protests in Madison (the state capital of the U.S. State of Wisconsin) have ended and even though the major-media 'circus', with its cast of 'celebrities' and 'experts', has left town, things there have been far from quiet. After defying a state law prohibiting public-sector strikes (by ruling that the protests were not strikes), the same activist circuit-court judge ignored a several-decades-old Wisconsin Supreme Court decision by preventing the reform legislation (which had been passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor) from taking effect. With the fate of this legislation in limbo for at least 60 days, this commentary will conclude our series on budgetary and labor-law reform in Wisconsin. In this issue, we ask the big question: Should you be asking your state, province, or national government to adopt reforms similar to those being proposed in Wisconsin? To assist you in making that decision, there are other questions to be answered. Why was there so much opposition to the Wisconsin reforms? Why was there such fierce political opposition? Will the reforms benefit local-government organizations in that state? If so, will similar reforms benefit the local-government organizations in your state or province? Will they benefit the public who have to pay the bills? For the answers to those questions, be sure to read the full text of this commentary.
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