Wisconsin seems to be entering a new type of governmental censorship – you got to pay if you want to protest.
The Daily Kos has the biggest provisions the policy states listed, check it out. It is understandable that money is needed to cover the extra cost of police, but it should not be put onto the protesters. It will inadvertently inhibit poorer protesters from demonstrating.
This is a slippery slope indeed.
In Virginia, there seems to be an issue of content selection. Richmond, Va. mayor seems to be giving the local Tea Party protesters a tax audit and no refund on their $8,500 fees they paid to even protest. The issue that has arisen is the local Occupiers had protested for two weeks in the city park, had police on hand, and even portable toilets, but have not been served a bill for those services. [Washington Post]
Apparently the Daily Kos didn’t pick up on that story for some odd reason. What do you think needs to be done?