Gov Walker Admits Stripping Collective Bargaining Rights Is Not About the Budget

April 14, 2011

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wasn’t faring too well on Capitol Hill today. Walker was questioned in a short hearing, first admitting he didn’t campaign on stripping workers of their Collective Bargaining rights, then admitted key elements of his proposal have nothing to do with the budget.


First, Walker admitted that he didn’t campaign on stripping workers of their Collective Bargaining rights — previously he stated otherwise:

Dem Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia sharply questioned Walker on the matter, and finally got him to concede that he didn’t in fact campaign directly on the proposal:

Asked if he had really campaigned on a plan to roll back collective bargaining rights, Walker repeatedly danced around the question, insisting he had campaigned on a “range” of promises to impose fiscal discipline. But Connolly kept pressing the point, and finally asked him point blank: Did you “explicitly” campaign on this proposal?

“No,” Walker conceded. He then went on to repeat his claim that he campaigned on a range of issues, and insisted that Wisconsinites should not have been surprised by his plan because his views on collective bargaining had long been known.


Because his “views on Collective Bargaining had long been known” — well that’s what campaigning is for.

This is a direct contradiction to his prior statements.


Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform called both Govs. Scott Walker (R-WI) and Peter Shumlin (D-VT) to testify in a hearing titled “State and Municipal Debt: Tough Choices Ahead.” Much of the hearing was spent probing Wisconsin’s spate of anti-union restrictions it recently passed.

Walker was then forced to admit that key elements of his proposal had nothing to do with the budget:

KUCINICH: Let me ask you about some of the specific provisions in your proposals to strip collective bargaining rights. First, your proposal would require unions to hold annual votes to continue representing their own members. Can you please explain to me and members of this committee how much money this provision saves for your state budget?

WALKER: That and a number of other provisions we put in because if you’re going to ask, if you’re going to put in place a change like that, we wanted to make sure we protected the workers of our state, so they got value out of that. [...]

KUCINICH: Would you answer the question? How much money does it save, Governor?

WALKER: It doesn’t save any. [...]

KUCINICH: I want to ask about another one of your proposals. Under your plan you would prohibit paying union member dues from their paychecks. How much money would this provision save your state budget?

WALKER: It would save employees a thousand dollars a year they could use to pay for their pensions and health care contributions.

KUCINICH: Governor, it wouldn’t save anything.

(my emphasis)

Those measures are simply to eradicate union rights and the Democrat voice.  Repeatedly, Walker has stated eliminating Collective Bargaining Rights was for the budget — now he states it is not. (But, we knew that already.)


Kucinich tried to submit a letter from the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau which concluded that all the anti-union measures were “non-fiscal,” since they were put into a non-fiscal bill, but, Darrell Issa refused to enter this letter into the record.


The beleaguered Walker spent time bashing “out of state money” being used against him, even while embarking on a national fund-raising tour in order to protect the eight Senate Republicans who are facing recall.


Gov. Walker has become taboo in the political world. Even Republicans are distancing themselves from the stubborn Wisonsin Governor. Challengers are entering the race to run against the eight Republicans facing a recall.


WalkerFitzKoch needs more time to practice his lines lies.

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  • Abdel Irada

    Actually, I think maddo went astray from the outset: In my experience, the opening phrase “Oh please” is nearly invariably followed by a logic-free dissertation that constitutes proof of nothing save the unreasoning malice of the commenter.

  • Stanford Progressive

    Gov. Walker admits what all already knew – stripping union rights was a political, not fiscal decision.

  • maddo

    Oh please. You libtards have been playing power politics for generations, now that we conservatives have had enough and are showing you what real power politics is like, since we have the real numbers on our side, you are crying like kittens, complaining about minor infractions when you have silently nodded about democrat (sic) officials committing serious crimes (Hello, Barney Frank, Hi Chris Dodd), and pointing out the obvious.

    Yes, we are breaking the union mgmt. They have sold out to the progressive democrat wing, and are against most of the rest of us. You keep complaining and asking when we are going to soak the rich, well, here you are. A thousand of these make a lot more money than one rich Republican, for less national good. They have allowed themselves to become a weapon for one side, now that the other side has had enough it’s all doom, gloom and the end of the world as we know it.

    We will always have unions. We need them. I was in a union for over a decade. But we stayed out of politics.

    Just be glad that your strident accusations about Nazi death camps and forced sterilization were lies. We don’t do that sort of thing. Because we’re not National SOCIALISTS. We earn our money, and now we’re going to keep it instead of letting your friendly politician give it to you to vote for him.

    Now shut up and get a job. Get two jobs, because now that I have retired, you are going to have to support me in the style I am accustomed to. You made your nanny state dreamland on the backs of the productive, now enjoy the reality.

    This is how it’s done, kiddies. We win, you lose. Taste the sweet bitterness of failure.

    • Anomaly100

      @maddo, You were only 4 words in and were compelled to go the libtard route, which negates the rest of your post. Try again.

    • Ex-Republican


      Wow, you are obviously not a good person. So it is ok to lie, to gain a political advantage? As a Christian i am insulted what this guy Walker is doing. His father was a pastor in Delevan. Now he is raising taxes on the poor? The Bible tells us to take care of the poor, and, of course, to tell the truth. You right wingers, thank the Lord I am no longer one of ya, defend these injustices with the same old arguments and catch phrases that do nothing to support your argument. Now that you are ‘rich’ and retired, why don’t you take some college courses before you post such nonsense for the whole world to see. People like you make us Americans appear dumber than we actually are. Hopefully your greed will keep you comfort until YOU need the help of our government.

      • Anomaly100

        @Ex-Republican, I’m a Christian too & I concur. We are supposed to take care of the poor, after all, Jesus healed the sick and helped the hopeless.

        • Ex-Republican


          Thanks, it is too bad that too many fellow Christians put their political party in front of their beliefs. There are far, far, too few of us who put the Bible before politics, hence, the Ex-Republican moniker. Doesn’t Revelations say that this is exactly what will happen?

          • Anomaly100

            @Ex-Republican, I spend a lot if time on the site The religious right users denounce my faith every time and honestly Leftists (unless they know me) post ridiculous comments to me, the reason being that the right wingers make them think all Christians are like them. They push people away from faith or spirituality of any kind.

            “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. ”

            Yes, a lot of what is happening today is in Revelations. Strange that some ‘Christians’ don’t or won’t see it like you do.

    • Sammy

      @maddo, “libtard”, “nanny state”, “socialist (ALL CAPS)”. Wow, covering all the cliches, eh?

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  • Jonni

    The poor may pay no federal income tax, but that doesn’t mean that they pay no taxes at all.

    Nice try, though…

  • / Henry

    Actually, yes they do.

    That’s part of what keeps them poor.

    Take a part time job, and see how much gets sucked out of your check.

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