It’s really not about the money – if it were, the Republicans would have accepted the Unions’ and Democrats’ offers to agree to the increases in medical and pension contributions that Walker says are necessary to close the budget gap. According to the Associated Press–
Democrats offered again Saturday to agree to the parts of Walker’s proposal [that dealt with their medical and pension contributions], so long as workers retained their rights to negotiate with the state as a union.
Fitzgerald said that’s an offer the GOP has rejected for months. The restrictions on collective bargaining rights are needed so local governments and the state will have the flexibility needed to balance budgets after cuts Walker plans to announce next month, he said.
Walker, who was spending time with his family Saturday and didn’t appear in public, also rejected the Democrats’ offer.