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Walker might not be done with state -- Rob Slamka
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Walker might not be done with state -- Rob Slamka

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I'm an activist who has followed through on the trail of how Act 10 happened. As a sheet metal worker in Local 18, I discovered that some building trades leaders were cohorts of Scott Walker in maintaining his power, as the Shepherd Express reported. Union leaders wanted road construction contracts. Some were on the governor's workforce investment committee.

Foxconn was Walker's response for the lack of work when he refused to raise the gasoline tax to fund roads. The apparent flop that is Foxconn couldn't keep building trades supporting the Republican governor in 2018, and the carpenters and other door-knockers helped get Gov. Tony Evers elected. 

Act 10 won't be repealed because it's too easy to pass budgets without having to negotiate. Evers will be a one-term governor.

I sense in the State Journal's article about Walker and Act last Sunday that he plans on running again. What else has he got going on?

Rob Slamka, Madison

The only Republican senator to vote against Act 10 a decade ago is our guest on today's political podcast, "Center Stage, with Milfred and Hands." Find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.

See the whole series: The Great Divide: 10 years since Act 10

A decade later, the Wisconsin State Journal looks back at the historic debate and protests over the controversial anti-union law known as Act 10.

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