Walker Denies Local Govt Takeovers Report

Tuesday, 19 Apr 2011 01:51 PM

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Gov. Scott Walker Monday was forced to deny a published report saying that he wants push a new bill that would allow for the state to take over local governments that fail to pass a financial stress test.

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Wis. Gov. Scott Walker (AP photo)
"No truth to it whatsoever,” Walker said in an interview on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Midday with Charlie Sykes. “Absolutely a bogus story, absolutely false.

“The interesting part is that it's false in both contexts. One: There's nobody on my staff, nobody in my administration, I'm certainly not working anything remotely close to that. Secondly, it begins with the fact that he said the next democratic assault. I'd like to know what the first one was."

An article published on Forbes.com reported that if a city, town, village, or county did not measure up to the test, Walker would reportedly be empowered under the bill to "insert a financial manager of his choosing into local government with the ability to cancel union contracts, push aside duly elected local government officials and school board members and take control of Wisconsin cities and towns whenever he sees fit to do so."

In Michigan, the state government has used a new law signed in March to take over in Benton Harbor because of mismanagement by the local government.

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