Gov. Scott Walker repealed the Equal Pay Enforcement Act in Wisconsin late last week. The bill which was originally signed into law in 2009 offered laws to combat wage discrimination. The repeal bill was introduced by state senator Glenn Glothman, who has stated that he believes women are paid less just because guys want to be paid more - " not because women are treated unfairly:
"You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true."
The Equal Pay Act's repeal in Wisconsin could cause big problems for Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, because he allied himself closely with Scott Walker while campaigning in Wisconsin. He praised Walker, calling him repeatedly a "hero" and a "man of courage." Romney already has trouble attracting women voters, and his association with the Equal Pay Act's repeal will only make that worse. The Obama camp has urged Romney to take a position on this development in Wisconsin.
Walker signed the repeal on Thursday and made the announcement on Friday, and is now being accused of purposely trying to get this controversial story lost in the weekend news cycle.
Is Walker a "man of courage" now? Should Romney respond with a position?