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Gov. Walker Informed That Bill Targeting Unions May Cost State $46 Million In Federal Funds
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Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Budget referees and transportation officials in Wisconsin have informed Gov. Scott Walker (R) that if he were to pass his controversial anti-union legislation into law, he could be forfeiting tens of millions of dollars in federal funds for transportation.

Under an obscure provision of federal labor law, states risk losing federal funds should they eliminate "collective bargaining rights" that existed at the time when federal assistance was first granted. The provision, known as "protective arrangements" or "Section 13C arrangements," is meant as a means of cushioning union (and even some non-union) members who, while working on local projects, are affected by federal grants.

It also could potentially hamstring governors like Walker who want dramatic changes to labor laws in their states. Wisconsin received $74 million in federal transit funds this fiscal year. Of that, $46.6 million would be put at risk should the collective-bargaining bill come to pass -- in the process creating an even more difficult fiscal situation than the one that, ostensibly, compelled Walker to push the legislation in the first place.

The governor is certainly aware of this. While the potential loss of funds may have escaped the attention of many observers, sources familiar with the state's transportation policy tell The Huffington Post that Walker's office has been informed of the relevant legal language. Moreover, in an a nearly unnoticed report filed by the state's Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the non-partisan budget scorekeeper, the stakes are laid fairly bare.

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  -Gov. Walker Informed That Bill Targeting Unions May Cost State $46 Million In Federal Funds Tx4obama  Feb-22-11 11:25 PM   #0 
  - Gov. Wanker doesn't care. It's not about the money.  Tansy_Gold   Feb-22-11 11:27 PM   #1 
  - This will help dig a deeper grave for Republicans in WI  MannyGoldstein   Feb-22-11 11:30 PM   #3 
  - Actually, there is no money in reducing Wisconsin to serfdom  aquart   Feb-23-11 12:03 AM   #14 
  - It is about the money...not for Wisconsin though.  subterranean   Feb-23-11 12:51 AM   #23 
  - He cares about money directly for him via the Koch brothers.  goforit   Feb-23-11 06:43 AM   #30 
  - I tend to agree  AsahinaKimi   Feb-23-11 05:38 PM   #40 
  - That's right...  midnight   Feb-24-11 04:19 AM   #50 
  - Heh, put that in your deficit pipe and smoke it  frazzled   Feb-22-11 11:28 PM   #2 
  - Could this be why Obama did not feel he needed to stomp up and down?  RandySF   Feb-22-11 11:31 PM   #4 
  - He didn't stomp up and down because seeing licensed teachers go down fits his education agenda  lutefisk   Feb-22-11 11:54 PM   # 
  - That is pure total BS. n/t  Tx4obama   Feb-22-11 11:56 PM   #11 
  - Glad to see you agree. It is total Bullshit.  lutefisk   Feb-23-11 12:05 AM   #17 
     - I do not agree with you. You know what I meant. "What you said was BS" n/t.  Tx4obama   Feb-23-11 12:14 AM   #19 
        - You're right. I know what you meant. Busted.  lutefisk   Feb-23-11 12:50 AM   #22 
  - BINGO Obama and the Corporate Democrats did not speak up because it is THEIR policy too  Vincardog   Feb-23-11 03:53 PM   #35 
  - I don't believe that. Someone on MSNBC said that Obama is not  Maraya1969   Feb-23-11 08:35 PM   #44 
     - I like your signature line.  GrannyK   Feb-23-11 11:04 PM   #46 
        - It has given me a lot of peace.  Maraya1969   Feb-23-11 11:30 PM   #47 
  - .  lutefisk   Feb-22-11 11:54 PM   #10 
  - I may be in the minority here...  Astraea   Feb-23-11 10:43 AM   #33 
  - Oh, this needs to be screamed from the rooftops.  murielm99   Feb-22-11 11:34 PM   #5 
  - I've said it all along, he is in WAY over his head  Lifelong Protester   Feb-22-11 11:38 PM   #6 
  - RECALL  djp2   Feb-22-11 11:46 PM   #7 
  - There are posts here on DU  Tx4obama   Feb-22-11 11:53 PM   #9 
  - Walker today provided the quote for next January  Thor_MN   Feb-22-11 11:50 PM   #8 
  - beautiful. but he won't care. he turned down fastrail money.  bbgrunt   Feb-22-11 11:56 PM   #12 
  - BUT...  Tx4obama   Feb-23-11 12:04 AM   #15 
  - K&R  Eyerish   Feb-22-11 11:58 PM   #13 
  - Finally a loophole for the workers!  Blacksheep214   Feb-23-11 12:04 AM   #16 
  - Maybe he doesn't care, but it's still a negative in the PR dept. n/t  deacon   Feb-23-11 12:05 AM   #18 
  - K&R ....And  guruoo   Feb-23-11 12:22 AM   #20 
  - Pocket change when he gives Koch the state's utilities "no bid." He's on their payroll.  PSPS   Feb-23-11 12:47 AM   #21 
  - Whoops! Looks like the Pension Fund is healthy, too  roxiejules   Feb-23-11 12:59 AM   #24 
  - If ever there was a time for a bwwaaaaaaahhhhhhaaaaaaaa this is it!  tpsbmam   Feb-23-11 01:23 AM   #25 
  - so scotty do you appreciate getting another 46 mil in the hole with your agenda now? n/t  alp227   Feb-23-11 01:30 AM   #26 
  - He might not care, but his citizens might  nadinbrzezinski   Feb-23-11 02:50 AM   #27 
  - Destroying organized labor?  Enthusiast   Feb-23-11 03:59 AM   #28 
  - Have been saying all along this isn't about budgets or benefits.  spicegal   Feb-23-11 05:15 AM   #29 
  - This is about union-busting, not money. Additional security for the demonstrations  No Elephants   Feb-23-11 07:09 AM   #31 
  - K&R  Kber   Feb-23-11 10:04 AM   #32 
  - (whine whine whine) Oh but Wisconsin's so broke (whine whine whine)...  Blue Owl   Feb-23-11 01:04 PM   #34 
  - Only $46 Million? It's worth it  christx30   Feb-23-11 04:22 PM   #36 
  - I posted about this earlier today, but it got little notice:  elocs   Feb-23-11 04:46 PM   #37 
  - It wasn't the right time yet.  mysterysoup   Feb-24-11 12:04 AM   #48 
  - He's already pissed away over $800 Million  Release The Hounds   Feb-23-11 05:17 PM   #38 
  - Sounds like he'll need the  Turbineguy   Feb-23-11 05:34 PM   #39 
  - Wow - why did it take so long for someone to find this wonderful provision  karynnj   Feb-23-11 05:42 PM   #41 
  - This needs to go to the top!  Maraya1969   Feb-23-11 08:28 PM   #42 
  - Recommended! That is a GREAT catch by the author!  madinmaryland   Feb-23-11 08:31 PM   #43 
  - Big REC  L. Coyote   Feb-23-11 09:37 PM   #45 
  - He gave up $810M in train money. Suppose this is a drop in the bucket  AllyCat   Feb-24-11 01:16 AM   #49 

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