A number of Fortune 500 companies and major trade associations have bankrolled the political careers of state legislators who promoted bills banning gender-affirming health care for minors and transgender women and girls in sports.
There is a "sucker punch" aspect of this entire episode, that has been used in the past, that makes it doubly despicable. The now dead open records issue was so completely outrageous and unexpected that it served its intended purpose – to draw attention away from the many other very contentious and controversial aspects of this budget. And that was exactly what Walker and the majority Republicans wanted to happen.
--Jay Heck, Common Cause in Wisconsin