MADISON, WI — The threatened wave of layoffs of public employees — which Republican Gov. Scott Walker has said will occur if his budget bill does not pass with its anti-public employee union provisions — is now hitting home with a top Republican leader. As the Associated Press reports, the wife of state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has now received a preliminary layoff notice.
Lisa Fitzgerald works as a counselor in the Hustisford school district, where the school board has sent layoff notices to all 34 members of the teaching staff.
Superintendent Jeremy Biehl told the AP that the board is following the advice of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards Preliminary notices are just the first step in the state’s layoff processes. State law requires preliminary notices at least 15 days before the final notices, which in turn must be provided by March 15.