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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

 7:03 PM 

Civil service debate winds down

Rep. Peter Barca closed the Dems' case against the civil service bill by arguing the legislation marks the continued Republican dismantling of clean, open and transparent government.

The Kenosha Dem said Republican changes to the GAB, civil service, campaign finance and John Doe probes are threatening the "rich, rich heritage" in Wisconsin. He said Dems are genuinely concerned about how the bill could allow for corruption and cronyism.

"This is an important part of trying to maintain just one shred of that heritage," Barca said.

Bill author Rep. Jim Steineke, though, said Dems have to stop looking at civil service changes as some "right-wing bill." It's a topic that's been taken up by Dems and Republicans all around the country, the Kaukauna Republican said.

And with that in mind, Steineke said, the bill should have drawn bipartisan support. The problem, he said, is Dems have been unable to put aside the rhetoric.

"I think you'll find reasonable reforms that are both pro-taxpayer and pro-employee," Steineke said.


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