While most of the attention over the last few weeks has been on the parts of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's budget bill that would strip most state workers of their collective bargaining rights, some have started to sound the alarm about another provision in the bill, one allowing the state to sell the power plants it owns.
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A blogger at Daily Kos calls it "The Koch Brothers' End Game in Wisconsin." A blogger at ginandtacos.com, who appears to have been the first to call attention to the provision, calls it "a highlight reel of all of the high-flying slam dunks of neo-Gilded Age corporatism: privatization, no-bid contracts, deregulation, and naked cronyism." The local NBC affiliate in Milwaukee says the "budget bill could payoff big for one of Governor Walker's biggest campaign contributors."
So is there really a hidden bonanza for the Koch brothers and other energy companies tucked into this bill? People with knowledge of Wisconsin's energy issues contacted by TPM say not so much.