On the national political scene, Republicans have their sights on repealing the healthcare bill. Here in Wisconsin, that same proposal has been discussed as well with the newly contolled GOP legislature. Now, this week, the GOP unveiled its plan to pursue voter ID requirements. What happen to the creating jobs agenda?
Several legislators mostly democratic are outraged at this agenda. State Representative (D-Milwaukee) Tamara Grigsby commented on the continued neglect toward struggling families and job creation by Wisconsin Republicans.
“This is not what the people of Wisconsin asked of us,” said Rep. Grigsby. “How many jobs are created through voter disenfranchisement? We are supposed to be putting people to work, not keeping them from the polls.”
Aside from being unrelated to economic recovery efforts in Wisconsin, Grigsby also noted the volatility and negative fiscal impact that a Voter ID proposal will have on the state. Authored by Representative Jeff Stone and Senator Joe Leibham, the soon-to-be introduced Voter ID legislation closely resembles a voter disenfranchisement law in Indiana, where it was struck down by an Indiana state court in September 2009.
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