Walker Beginning To Look A Little Like Reagan
Just as Ronald Wilson Reagan faced down the air traffic controllers, Scott Walker is facing down his own unionized public employees:
But Walker said while the state enjoys a lower-than-average unemployment rate — about 7.5 percent compared to 9 percent nationally — about 5,000-6,000 state workers and 5,000-6,000 local government workers could lose their jobs if they don’t accept changes to their benefits plan.
“I don’t want a single person laid off in the public nor in the private sector and that’s why this is a much better alternative than losing jobs,” Walker told “Fox News Sunday.”
The budget vote was supposed to take place last week, but was delayed when state Senate Democrats fled to Illinois to avoid having to vote on the plan, which would cost public sector employees about $300 million over two years, or less than 10 percent of the deficit total.
“If we’re going to be in this together, (cut) our $3.6 billion budget deficit, it’s going to take a whole lot more than just employee contributions when it comes to pensions and health care,” Walker said. “But it’s got to be a piece of the puzzle because as I saw at the local level, it’s like a virus that eats up more and more of the budget if you don’t get it under control.”
Basically, Walker is saying the cuts are gonna have to come somewhere for the state to stay solvent… and if they won’t accept the cuts he’s already suggested, then they will have to come from job cuts. Knowing bureaucracies, I imagine there’s a lot of deadweight that could be cut out without significantly impacting services… and once they’re cut and the sky doesn’t fall, it’ll be a lot harder for the pro-huge-government types to argue that those positions are needed.
Governor Walker has indeed thrown down the gauntlet… good for him.