Wisconsin's Republican governor scored a victory on Tuesday when the state's Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling, upholding a controversial law on collective-bargaining rights, according to news reports.
Gov. Scott Walker backed the law, which limits the collective-bargaining rights of the state's public unions. GOP state lawmakers passed the measure and Walker signed it into law in March. Shortly after its passage, the law was challenged and then overturned by a lower court.
The bill, and the debate over its passage, touched off a nationwide discussion about unions, education, and public finances. Walker argued that public-sector unions were a drain on the state's coffers; unions countered that the governor's argument was specious and a way of weakening unions, who typically support Democrats.
Walker praised the ruling on Tuesday.
"The Supreme Court's ruling provides our state the opportunity to move forward together and focus on getting Wisconsin working again," Walker said in a statement, according to the Wall Street Journal.