State Supreme Court to rule on three issues Thursday

Published 07/30 2014 05:07PM

Updated 07/30 2014 08:02PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)--The State Supreme Court will rule on three key issues Thursday; Act 10, Voter ID, and Same-Sex Partnership.

Because Voter ID and Same-Sex Partnership are tied up in higher courts, the decision on those issues will have little impact

A ruling on Act 10, however, could be historic.

It’s an issue that sparked months of protests, tore the state apart and led to the historic recall of Governor Walker. 

Thursday, Wisconsin history could be made again as the State Supreme Court gets ready to rule on Act 10.

UWGB Professor Emeritus, Michael Kraft, said, “It’s a conservative Supreme Court so in a way I’d be surprised if the court did not vote to uphold Act 10.”

The 2011 legislation placed strict limitations on collective bargaining for unions. 

The justices have to decide whether the law  violates workers’ rights to free assembly and equal protection under the law.

“If the court does not sustain the Act, that’s a blow to the Governor because this was his major legislative action in 2011.  And if the courts uphold is that would be a win for the Governor but politically there are ramifications," said Kraft.

Three months from the elections--that’s something Gov. Scott Walker said he isn’t worried about.

“We’ll watch the Supreme Courts decision but I think the real issue in this race isn’t going to be anything that’s decided on Thursday it’s going to be jobs," said Gov. Walker.

Gov. Walker says ACT 10 saved taxpayers $2.7 billion and called it a victory.

“It also allowed school boards the people we dually elect at the school board and local level to call the shots and that’s put the ability to not even lower taxes and balance budgets but our schools are doing better," he said.

The ruling is expected to be released around 8 a.m. Thursday.

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