Governor Walker claims that his controversial proposal is simply about the budget. But it’s not: it’s a political bait-and-switch designed to destroy the fundamental rights of Wisconsin’s workers.

And in the last two weeks, it’s become clear that Governor Walker isn’t representing our state. Instead, he’s pushing a national corporate agenda, pushed by interests like the Koch brothers - the billionaire captains of industry who just recently opened a lobbying office across the street from the Capitol in Madison.

The Kochs not only spent tens of thousands of dollars supporting Walker’s campaign, but they also funneled millions of dollars through front groups to fund attack ads. And now, just as the people of Wisconsin are working together to stand up to them, the Kochs and other front groups are trying to simply buy the result they want, showering the state with pro-Walker, anti-Obama worker TV ads.

Enough is enough. It’s time we unite as progressives and stand up to the corporate interests invading Wisconsin. Members of Progressives United are calling on Governor Walker to take a step back and end his attempt to strip the rights of Wisconsin’s workers. Click here to join us.

During Governor Walker’s press conference yesterday, he made a big show of talking about our tradition of civil debate in Wisconsin.

But he forgets a crucial Midwestern value: being straightforward. By dishonestly threatening the jobs of Wisconsin’s workers, Governor Walker is assaulting Wisconsin’s long tradition of unity.

Wisconsin workers have been willing to come to the table and compromise in the spirit of shared sacrifice, agreeing to reductions in pay and benefits to achieve the goals of the budget. But where is Governor Walker? He refuses to step up.

Join members of Progressives United and me in calling on Governor Walker to get back to the real issue facing Wisconsin: the budget.

As a former state senator and U.S. senator from Wisconsin — but more importantly, as a Wisconsin citizen — I call on Governor Walker to drop his heavy-handed political agenda and focus on getting Wisconsin back to work.

Thank you for joining me,
Russ Feingold
Progressives United

P.S. — Please take action today to join me and ask Governor Walker to rise above the influence of heavy-handed politics and outside money and help us pass a compromise budget.

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