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VIDEO: Gov. Scott Walker Reflects on Wisconsin Government Union Reforms
Posted By Rob Bluey On January 16, 2012 @ 4:10 pm In Scribe | 3 Comments
One year ago Republican Gov. Scott Walker took office in Wisconsin with an ambitious budget plan to set his state on a new course . Democrats revolted in protest, even fleeing the state to prevent a vote on the measure . Walker was ultimately able to make reforms to government unions , but now faces the prospect of a recall election  that might cost him his job.
In a new video from The Daily Caller , Ginni Thomas interviews Walker about out-of-control labor costs and their threat to economic prosperity. He discussed the situation facing Wisconsin and why other governors — Republicans and Democrats — have taken similar actions to address pension and health-care costs.
“I think any of us who are honest understand if you don’t get legacy costs under control, it’s a virus that will eat up and eat up and eat up more and more of your budget,” Walker said. “It’s the same problem that Chrysler and GM got into, and state and local governments have to fix it.”
Walker also addressed the likelihood of a recall election during the Daily Caller interview. Walker’s critics face a deadline of Tuesday to secure enough signatures  to force a vote. They’re confident they will meet the threshold, planning a party with MSNBC’s Ed Schultz to celebrate.
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URLs in this post:
 ambitious budget plan to set his state on a new course: http://blog.heritage.org/2011/02/20/video-myths-vs-facts-of-the-wisconsin-union-protest/
 fleeing the state to prevent a vote on the measure: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/18/us-wisconsin-protests-idUSTRE71H01920110218
 make reforms to government unions: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/261804/how-wisconsin-senate-passed-walkers-bill-christian-schneider
 prospect of a recall election: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71473.html
 new video from The Daily Caller: http://dailycaller.com/2012/01/15/leaders-with-ginni-thomas-gov-scott-walker/
 Watch our interview with Walker: http://youtu.be/nP7tIRQGhjE
 myth vs. fact video: http://youtu.be/gcDnKQul_c8
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