Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Attempts to Balance His Budget
I want to go back to three days ago. I think it was our Monday Morning Update on this program. If you missed the Morning Update, that’s our morning commentary that runs on all of our radio stations. I want to share it with you here because this story has blown up now. “‘I’m just trying to balance my budget.’ Those seven words are the words of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, is trying to balance his budget. He’s a Republican. He has proposed cutting benefits for government employees, and more importantly, curbing the power that unions have to strangle the state of Wisconsin with excessive financial demands in the future. He would limit what state and local government unions can bargain for to wages only, not vacation and health care benefits.
“In addition, he wants to increase what union members contribute toward their pension and health care plans.” Now, let me interrupt myself here and say here’s a Republican governor in Wisconsin. This is a place they cannot print money like Obama can. They have serious budgetary problems. He was elected to deal with these, much like Chris Christie in New Jersey was elected to deal with this. So he’s dealing with it, and he’s zeroing in here on areas that need to be cut back if that state budget is to be anywhere near in-balance. So, again, “He has proposed cutting benefits for government employees, curbing the power unions have to strangle the state with excessive financial demands in the future.