Matheney specifically praised four House Republicans who voted for the resolution: Ray Canterbury, R-Greenbrier; John N. Ellem, R-Wood; Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur; and Erikka L. Storch, R-Ohio.
Mike Stuart, West Virginia Republican Party chairman, said, "It is regretful, disturbing and offensive that the House of Delegates would take up a resolution to curry favor with West Virginia organized labor, attack the lawful actions of a governor of another state and endorse the radical behavior of those that would flee and attack rather than constructively work for solutions to a budget crisis."
In Wisconsin, Democratic state senators left their state in an effort to prevent Walker's legislation from passing.
Stuart praised Walker "for his courageous actions to prevent the outright bankruptcy of a state, the result of which would be the loss of jobs for thousands of workers and the displacement of thousands of families. ..."
"It is time for more reasonable leadership in Charleston," Stuart said. "Our House of Delegates should be focused on West Virginia issues -- not Wisconsin."
The House resolution called Walker's legislation "an unfortunate proposal that would be detrimental to thousands of hard-working Wisconsin citizens employed by their municipalities, public schools and universities providing educational opportunity and vital services."
The resolution also stated, "Public employees are instrumental to the operations of state, local and municipal governments by providing a tireless work ethic and long hours for below-average salaries."
Kenny Perdue, president of the state AFL-CIO, said, "Around our country ... politicians are giving huge tax breaks to corporations and the very rich -- and then cutting funding for education, police, emergency response and vital human services."
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