January 18. 2013 1:00PM - Last modified: January 18. 2013 1:17PM

Federal Court of Appeals upholds Act 10

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit today issued a decision upholding Act 10, the law Gov. Scott Walker used to eliminate most collective bargaining rights from most public employees in the state.

Last year a Dane County Circuit Court judge struck down the law, ruling that it violated both the state and U.S. Constitution, and a U.S. District Court judge also struck down parts of Act 10.

The federal Appeals Court today upheald Act 10 in it's entirety, reversing the U.S. District Court ruling.

"For nearly two years, those opposing Act 10 have tried every angle to have it struck down and invalidated," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "Today's decision by the Seventh Circuit confirms what I have stated from the beginning. Act 10 is constitutional. While there are no guarantees, it is my hope that this decision will pave the way for resolving any remaining challenges in a manner that supports the legislative decisions made by our elected officials."

A link to the court's decision is available here.

"As we've said all along, Act 10 is constitutional," Walker said. "Today's court ruling is a victory for Wisconsin taxpayers. The provisions contained in Act 10, which have been upheld in federal court, were vital in balancing Wisconsin's $3.6 billion budget deficit without increasing taxes, without massive public employee layoffs, and without cuts to programs like Medicaid. With this ruling behind us, we can now focus on the next state budget, which will invest in priorities to move our state forward."