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10 years after Act 10: A Cap Times series

10 years after Act 10: A Cap Times series

A decade ago, then-Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, in his own words, “dropped the bomb” when he unveiled his plan to effectively end collective bargaining for public-sector unions, a law that would come to be known as Act 10.

Ten years later, the state’s political debates continue to reverberate from the fight that vaulted Walker to national prominence and reshaped how Wisconsinites consider, talk about and interact with politics.

Cap Times reporters Scott Girard and Briana Reilly are recognizing the 10th anniversary of the passage of Act 10, and the massive protests that surrounded it, with a series of reports and podcasts.

Hard lessons: A decade after Act 10, teachers see a legacy of disrespect, judgment
Wedge Issues: Act 10 Anniversary: West High School Dean of Students Michael Jones
Act 10 protests were a 'turning point' for youth who participated
A decade of fallout: Divisions sparked by Act 10 endure in Wisconsin politics
Act 10, budget cuts have lasting effect 10 years after controversial legislation
Wedge Issues: Act 10 Anniversary: UW-Madison professor Michael Wagner
Wedge Issues: Act 10 Anniversary: Journalist and policy analyst Jason Stein
Wedge Issues: Act 10 Anniversary: Firefighter union head Mahlon Mitchell
A decade later, Act 10 has reshaped the labor movement in Wisconsin
Wedge Issues: Act 10 Anniversary: Republican former state Sen. Leah Vukmir

Briana Reilly covers state government and politics for the Cap Times. She joined the staff in 2019, after working at Follow her on Twitter at @briana_reilly.

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