CHICAGO — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was expected to quickly sign a controversial bill that sharply curtails the collective bargaining rights of most public employee unions and requires government employees to pay more towards their health care premiums and pensions.
The state Assembly approved the amended budget-repair bill Thursday in a 53-42 vote that was delayed as capitol police removed demonstrators who had blocked the chamber’s entrance. All Democrats voted against the plan along with four Republicans. The Senate’s approval of the measure in an 18-to-1 vote late Wednesday sparked renewed protests and prompted charges from the bill’s foes that lawmakers were acting illegally because of the short notice provided to the public.