Gov. Walker: My Record Will Determine Recall Outcome

Thursday, 18 Aug 2011 04:34 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is facing a recall vote in January, says the outcome is contingent on how the Badger State’s voters react to better schools and stable property taxes, both a result of his controversial budget reforms passed earlier this year — and he expects they will be satisfied.
 
Walker also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Wednesday he expects those who opposed his changes in public-union benefits will come out in full force.
 
“ I think they are going to be aggressively pushing for that — you look [at] last Tuesday, there were six Republicans facing elections, we kept the majority of the seats,” Walker said. “In total, there was more than $30 million spent on [12] elections for the state Senate recalls. I spent $13 million running for governor — so you can only imagine if they are willing to put that kind of money behind a Senate recall, they will probably try to put that money behind us.
 
“But I think in the end the results will matter,” he said. “People will see that our reforms work — we’re getting our economy going — and that our schools and our local governments are working. And so my hope is they will see it has paid off.”
 
Walker said two things are key to whether the recall effort against him has any chance of success.
 
“In September, all the parents across Wisconsin will send our kids back to public schools, and the schools will see in the end the reforms allowed them to save and the schools will be the same or better,” Walker said. “And in December, the second week, when property tax bills come out, and property taxpayers see in our state that the tax bills because of our freeze are the same or lower, I think the overwhelming majority of people in the state — the voters — will see what we did made sense, and it is helping to put Wisconsin back to work again.”
 
Van Susteren asked whether reports that Walker would “moderate” some of his tough budget-cutting positions, in light of the turmoil that enveloped Wisconsin earlier this year, and whether he would try to work with state Democrats, who rebelled against his proposals.
 
“I don’t know if I would call that moderate — we’re going to work together,” Walker said. “But people forget: Before the collective-bargaining budget bills came up earlier this year in January, I called a special session on jobs. And for the first month we passed the most aggressive pro-jobs agenda in the country — major tort reform, regulatory reform, tax relief for job creators.
 
“We did all those things with broad support not only among Republicans but the one independent and many Democrats voted for that — we can do the same now if we get focused back on jobs,” Walker said. “It is not about moderating — it’s about bringing Democrats to the table to do things that in the best interests of job creators in our state.”

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