Reaction to Sumi’s amended TRO

Here’s the statememt from Departmemt of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch, to Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi‘s amended restraining order.

“While I believe the budget repair bill was legally published and is indeed law, given the most recent court action we will suspend the implementation of it at this time. DOA will continue to abide by the court orders, like the department has done all throughout this process.”

State Senator Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) released this statement.

“Once again, one Dane County judge is doing everything she can to stand in the way of our efforts to improve the economy and create jobs. The fact that the prosecution didn’t even request an amended TRO makes it clear: this is judicial activism at its worst.

There are 17 branches of the Dane County Circuit Court. To say that any one of them has more authority to make laws in Wisconsin than the elected Legislature is ridiculous.”

And Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca also released a statement.

“The Judge made it abundantly clear on Tuesday that Gov. Walker and his administration, including DOA Secretary Mike Huebsch, should not be implementing Act 10. I believe she made it clear then with her order that stop means stop.

But Mr. Walker and Mr. Huebsch chose to ignore her warning that they were jeopardizing the finances and stability of state government, apparently believing they are above the law. This morning with her added order she has taken away their last excuse.

Respect for the rule of law is a core Wisconsin value. When a court orders a halt to further implementation of a legislative proposal and suggests potential penalties and harm to the state are a serious risk, everyone should stop, listen and adhere to that order. Because the Republicans refused to do so, they have put state government stability at risk. I can only hope today’s amended order is crystal clear enough for them to stop disregarding the rule of law.”

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