Wisconsin Senate Leader's Wife Gets Lay-Off Notice, Thanks to Budget Stalemate

By Garance Franke-Ruta

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's controversial budget repair bill, which targets public sector employees, could soon hit the Republican leader of the state's senate in the pocketbook.

Reports the Wisconsin State Journal:

HUSTISFORD, Wis. -- The wife of the Wisconsin Senate majority leader is among school staff receiving preliminary layoff notices.

Lisa Fitzgerald is a counselor in the Hustisford school district and is married to Republican Senator Scott Fitzgerald.

Superintendent Jeremy Biehl says the school board decided Wednesday night to send preliminary layoff slips to all 34 members of the teaching staff, including librarians and counselors. Biehl says the action was taken because of the uncertainty of the state budget bill.


Republican Wisconsin State Sen. Scott Fitzgerald has been a backer of the bill, calling it "the right way" forward.

"In Wisconsin, about 15 percent of the population is a member of a union. There's another 15 percent, though, that is either unemployed or underemployed for economic reasons. We're working to grow the economy, not the government," he said in mid-February, announcing his support for the budget repair bill. "The bill for decades of irresponsible spending has come due. This is how we're going to pay it."

Read the full story at The Wisconsin State Journal.

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