Is Forward Janesville right to bring Walker here?
Critics are taking Forward Janesville to task for inviting Republican Gov. Scott Walker to its annual dinner Tuesday.
The business organization points out, however, that it also similarly invited Jim Doyle to speak after the Democrat was first elected governor back in 2002. Forward Janesville suggests that if its role is to lead our community’s economic and development efforts, it makes sense to cultivate a relationship with the governor and his administration and commerce department, regardless of party or ideology.
Critics, however, plan to protest anyway. They argue that since Walker made his attack on collective-bargaining rights in his budget repair bill, he is a dictator bent on destroying unions and with them the middle class.
Do they have a right to protest? Should they? Do they risk sending the wrong message at a time when our community needs all the economic development it can get?
We’ll share our perspective in our editorial Sunday.
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