The real question nobody in the media seems to be asking is, how important are public school teachers? The real problem is that public school teachers in Wisconsin think they are much more important than Wisconsin Republicans think they are. The voters in liberal Wisconsin did something very unusual for such a liberal state. They elected a Republican governor and Republican majorities in both houses.
Wisconsin has a budget problem. Public employee pensions and health care benefits cost a lot of money. The government has two undesirable choices. Do they cut public employee benefits or raise taxes? In the last election, the cut benefits party (Republicans) won more votes the raise taxes party (Democrats). The question is, who will win the next election?