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8. WisPolitics: Sen. Fitzgerald says lawmakers discussing 'right to work'
Senate Majority Leader-elect Scott Fitzgerald (left) said lawmakers are actively discussing making Wisconsin a right-to-work state, the latest escalation in the looming battle between Republicans and unions in the next session.

Appearing at a WisPolitics luncheon on Wednesday, Fitzgerald said he attended the American Legislative Exchange Council meeting and was "surprised how much momentum there was in an around that discussion. Nothing like I've ever seen before." Fitzgerald said he's had discussions with Sen.-elect Frank Lasee about "some of the major changes that need to happen in and around labor. And certainly right-to-work is one of those topics that's always right there."

Fitzgerald said this is the environment, with a new GOP guv and legislative majorities, in which those changes could happen.

"We have new majorities. We've talked to new members of the House of Representatives and the way they view the world right now is the more feathers you ruffle right now, the stronger you're going to be politically. I don't ever remember an environment where that existed before," he said. "I think it gives us a lot of leeway ... to make some significant changes."

Fitzgerald also said Gov.-elect Scott Walker's comments about decertifying state unions reflect discussions among GOP guvs across the nation.

"When you've got governors like Chris Christie (in New Jersey) and Mitch Daniels (in Indiana) and Bobby Jindal (in Louisiana) and some of these Republican governors who are saying 'Listen we have to make some serious changes to get our state back on track,' I think most of the statements I've heard from Scott Walker fit in that category," Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said during the luncheon at the Madison Club.

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