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Reader's view: Wisconsin is open for business but closed for workers

Public employees are the convenient scapegoat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is using to advance his radical political agenda. The struggle going on in Wisconsin isn't about balancing the budget; it's about union-busting.

Public employees are the convenient scapegoat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is using to advance his radical political agenda. The struggle going on in Wisconsin isn't about balancing the budget; it's about union-busting.

If Gov. Walker was seriously concerned about balancing the budget, why did he create an expensive labor war over the unrelated issue of public employee bargaining rights?

If the issue was cutting spending, why is Walker proposing hundreds of millions in new tax breaks for business?

If the issue is sharing the pain, why isn't he asking state contractors or the state-paid health-insurance companies to take cuts? Only public employees are required to "share the sacrifice."

If the state is in such a terrible financial situation, why isn't he going after the tax cheats and the 60 percent of businesses that pay no state income tax? Estimates are that Wisconsin loses $1.2 billion in unpaid taxes each year.

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The larger agenda includes destroying social programs that the Republican Party always has opposed. It is about establishing absolute control over government by large corporate interests. It is about dictating public policy rather than negotiating through the democratic process.

Wisconsin is "open for business" -- but closed to workers and democracy.

Philip Anderson

Maple

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