Awesome. Wisconsin has a new “fighting Bob.”
For release July 6, 2015
State Rep. Gannon; “Throw me in Jail!”
I’ve been told by members of my own caucus that it may be illegal to draw a line in the sand on what I will consider as acceptable terms for prevailing wage reforms in the 2015 – 2017 state budget. Now a liberal Madison, WI, news outlet, One Wisconsin Now, asserts that taking a position of this nature may be a felony act.
My legal counsel disagrees with these interpretations of the law, and while a rogue prosecutor can at times get away with wild eyed investigations and criminal charging decisions, I’m willing to take that chance. Martyr me if you must, but the financial integrity of this state is too important to cow to tactics of intimidation.
Here goes my allegedly illegal statement on the budget; “I will not vote in favor of any budget that does not have real prevailing wage reform, including the removal of all local entities from the provisions of this law”.
There, I got it off my chest, and I feel totally refreshed that I am taking a position that may not be favored by some special interest groups, but will save the taxpayers of this state as much as $300,000,000. Yes, even in Madison, WI, three hundred million dollars of taxpayer relief is worth going to jail for.