New Senate Democrats to take office in September
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MADISON – To this day, a group of demonstrators gather in the center of the State Capitol daily at noon for an anti-Republican, pro-union sing-a-long.
While their songs can be heard echoing through the halls of democracy, Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) says the real message came from the recall elections.
“It’s incumbent upon the governor or those closest to the governor to say look, we need to slow things down, pull back a little bit or find more common ground,” Erpenbach told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. “One way to respond to it is to reach out to the other side of the aisle and find issues we can agree on or at least compromise on.”
Democrats Jennifer Shilling and Jessica King unseated two Republican senators are scheduled to officially take the oath of office when the Wisconsin Senate goes back into session this September.
“With the uncertainty of the recalls over, the Governor is looking forward to working together with the legislature and job creators to get more Wisconsinites back to work,” a spokesperson for Gov. Scott Walker said in a statement. “The state now has the opportunity to move forward focusing on job creation and giving businesses the renewed confidence they need to expand.”
While there may be optimism for compromise and bipartisanship, Republican leadership plans to use their majority to advance their plan.
“We have an agenda to create jobs and expand the economy and that’s what this majority is going to do in my house and certainly in the Republican Assembly,” said Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Majority Leader). “We’re going to do everything we can to help the governor get there because it helps us and it helps Wisconsites across the state.”
Fitzgerald said the Democrat recall victories will not change the push toward less government and less regulation.