Rumor has it that the Senate Democrats are holed up in a motel in Rockford, Illinois. If that's so, I'm disappointed. If you're going to lam it, why not head to some place fun?
What you may ask, are the legalities of the matter? Why are they hiding? Why have they left the state? Why not simply refuse to come to work?
The Wisconsin Constitution clearly authorizes each house of the legislature to compel the attendance of members in order to obtain a quorum. Each house may do so by whatever means or penalties it prescribes. In the case of the Wisconsin Senate, the Sergeant-at-arms is authorized to "bring in" absent members.
What does that mean? Can the sergeant-at-arms have them arrested? Apparently some people are taking the position that they can be "chased" but not "arrested." That's unclear. Legislators are normally immune from "arrest on civil process" during legislative sessions but that is only while they are "in actual attendance upon the duties" of their office. These legislators are in fact ignoring - actually fleeing from - the duties of their office. We are in uncharted territory, but its not clear to me that they can't be arrested, although that would be an extraordinary thing to do.
This is probably why they left the state. The Wisconsin State Police cannot arrest them in Illinois (if that's where they are) and the law enforcement authorities in Illinois are probably only too happy to stay out of this mess.
So what to do? Here's something to think about. A quorum is normally a majority of each house. The reason that the Republicans can't proceed without Democrats here is because the budget adjustment bill is a fiscal bill and the state constitution provides that, for a fiscal bill, the required quorum is three-fifths of each house.
Ironically, though, the provisions that are most objected to by the Democrats - the prospective limitation of collective bargaining rights - are not fiscal provisions. They could presumably be put in a separate bill and passed by the Republicans with no Democrats in attendance because, for that bill, a simple majority would constitute a quorum. I'm not suggesting that the GOP Senators would or should do this. But I think that they could.