Wisconsin state Sen. Julie Lassa, one of the Democrats who fled the state in order to block the three-fifths quorum for Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget and its anti-public union proposals, said on MSNBC Friday that public employees are willing to make sacrifices -- but that Walker isn't willing to negotiate with them.
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Lassa was recently an unsuccessful Democratic nominee for the House during the Republican wave of 2010. She ran for the seat vacated by longtime Democratic Rep. David Obey that was won by Republican Sean Duffy. Lassa remained a member of the state Senate, however, as her seat was not up for election -- and she is now a fugitive from politics, along with 13 other Dem state senators.
During a phone interview, MSNBC's Contessa Brewer asked Lassa for her opinion of concerns that some people have, that benefit agreements for public employees were "crushing" state and local budgets. "Should there be -- maybe this is not the way to do it -- but should there be a reformation when it comes to the way that unions approach, especially public workers' jobs?"