Such was the case when the Janesville newspaper criticized State Rep. Kim Hixson in their endorsement for Republican Evan Wynn.
JG Excerpt:I believe the Gazette is referring to 2009 AB116/SB86 - School Conference and Activities Leave. Hixson voted "Yes" when this WMC opposed legislation passed in Assembly (52 - 44). But he was not a sponsor of the bill.
How else do you explain his proposal to require companies employing 50 or more workers to provide 16 hours of paid time off so employees can be more involved in the lives of their schoolchildren?
State Of Wisconsin Excerpt:But let's pretend Hixson sponsored the bill for the sake of Gazette editorial legitimacy. Shall we?
March 4, 2009 − Introduced by Representatives BLACK, A. OTT, SMITH, ZIGMUNT,SINICKI, BENEDICT, PARISI, POPE−ROBERTS, POCAN, GRIGSBY, A. WILLIAMS, YOUNG, CULLEN, FIELDS, ZEPNICK, PASCH, BERCEAU and SOLETSKI, cosponsored by Senators CARPENTER, LASSA, LEHMAN, PLALE, TAYLOR, ERPENBACH, MILLER and HANSEN.
How dare he support working parents taking off an hour or two from their jobs to watch their kid perform in a school play or participate in parent/teacher conferences or character building sessions during school hours and believe they should not be punished with lost wages. Schoolchildren, especially during a poor economy, should know better than to expect to see their working parent share in their once-in-a-lifetime family bonding special events. Those privileges are only afforded to the privileged. The audacity of Hixson. Sheesh!
Even worse, the Gazette's editorial endorsement of the republican also implied that most of our area's unemployment is generated out of spite - out of the spite employees should expect if they vote for a candidate (Hixson) who believes businesses should pay their fair share of taxes. How is that working out for those of you who have lost jobs? is their thoughtfully Palinesque retort.
The newspaper also thinks it's refreshing to hear when a anti-guv health care candidate thinks people (school teachers in this case) should be forced away from their private health care plans and moved into ... you guessed it ... state employee pools if it means saving money.
The working class is in a race to bottom with these compassionate conservatives - they just want to soften the blow by making sure we all hit bottom at the same time.
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