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Friday
Feb182011

Rep. Baldwin: ‘Similarities’ Between Egypt and Wisconsin

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The juxtaposition of worldwide events has brought Egyptian imagery to Wisconsin this week. Some protesters have gone so far as to attack the Badger State’s governor as “Hosni Walker” -- a reference that links Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., to the ousted longtime Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak.

“I think the similarities are that people are wanting to be heard, and they are taking direct action,” said Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who represents Wisconsin’s capital. “They are coming to Madison -- they're holding events all throughout the states.”

It is in Madison where the protests against proposed budget cuts have been playing out.

Democrats in the state Senate, Baldwin said, “took prudent steps to slow down this debate” by leaving the state and denying Republicans the quorum they’d need to act on the governor’s budget-cutting proposal.

The proposal would include a significant benefits reduction for public employees. Baldwin said national Republicans are planning a similar “attack” on public workers.

“I do see some similarities in terms of -- we've got to balance budgets, but we've got to be smart about it.  And in Wisconsin being smart about it means involving all the voices including that of organized labor, public servants, to help come together to address our challenges.”

But don’t look for similar scenes of protests in Washington, Baldwin said.

“One of the problems though is that national government is less accessible to the people than state government,” he said. “It’s easier for people to get to their state capitals to voice their opinion. I'm certainly hearing from my constituents about the deep cuts that we're looking at this week, though.”

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