100 Days in Office: Locals grade Scott Walker

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When Scott Walker took the oath of office January third, many people we spoke to say they never expected they'd see such a tumultuous first 100 days in office. So after all the bills and the protests, how do folks in western Wisconsin grade Walker?

“You know, I’d give him an A-minus, and the reason I’d give him an A-minus is that he's doing the best he can,” says Regla Garcia, adding people should give all politicians their fair chance to do their work.

“I’d say he's getting like a B-plus. He's balancing the budget and he’s evening things out,” says Ken Holm, adding that Walker could work on his negotiation skills a little bit more.

“As a former teacher, I know a little bit about grading, and I would give him an F,” says Paul Hoff, mentioning the funding cuts to education and collective bargaining as reasons for Walker’s failures.

“I’d give him a big fat F. I don’t think he's done what anybody expected him to do,” says Mary Jurmain, who says she plans on leading recall efforts against the governor when he becomes eligible.

Political science professor Geoff Peterson says though it may seem like Walker has introduced more legislation in a short time, he's doing what most people in power do at the beginning of their first term.

"When they start out, whether it's a governor or a president, they usually come out with an agenda and try to ride a wave of bipartisanship. But Scott Walker has come out with some things that are strongly polarizing,” says Peterson.

Peterson says with such a bold start in his first 100 days in office, Walker's fate, and legacy, rest in the next few months ahead. He says depending on the outcome of possible recall elections in the state senate, the anti-Walker groups may not have enough steam to keep going with a recall effort on the governor.

People in Eau Claire say regardless of whether they like Walker, there's plenty they'd like to see done in the next 100 days.

“Try to keep the jobs here in Wisconsin, more job opportunities here,” says Garcia.

“I just hope he can turn things around and make it better,” says another concerned citizen.

“I think he needs to listen to the people who voted for him, and put him into position rather than listening to corporate interest,” says Tonia Duszynasky.

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