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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Friday, July 22, 2011

Gov. Walker To Now Use Prison Labor

Remember Gov. Walker and Wisconsin. Whatever your views on the so called "Budget Repair Bill," you must admit that this guy is radical. He now wants to use prison labor to replace union labor with prison labor. The Cap Times reports:

Gov. Scott Walker ran for election on a promise to create 250,000 jobs during his first term in office. Now it seems some of that job growth has found its way to at least one county jail in Wisconsin.

Racine County Executive Jim Ladwig told several media outlets earlier this week he plans to add shoveling, landscaping and painting to the to-do lists of county inmates. Until recently, inmates were only allowed to cut the grass along highways.

That changed Wednesday when the state's controversial collective bargaining law took effect.

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Woikin' on a chain gang? Yikes!

Posted by: Rick Underwood | Jul 24, 2011 11:49:09 AM

Getting these guy's to work is a good thing. We are looking at the same thing over here in the UK. We still have legal issues with the general public though.

Posted by: Building Materials | Jul 25, 2011 1:52:38 AM

Does Wisconsin have a so-called "prevailing wage" law?

This is a great idea-teach prisoners some skills and work ethic and prepare them for life on the outside. That's compassion. Also, save the taxpayers money on public work projects.

The only reason Jim Crow laws like Davis-Bacon and state prevailing wage laws survive is because of union lobbying money and the public's total ignorance of what goes on in this public work racket.

Posted by: joe marino | Aug 3, 2011 12:51:20 PM

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