Walker visits La Crosse, talks about budget and collective bargaining reform

By: Martha Boehm Email
By: Martha Boehm Email

LA CROSSE, WI (WEAU)--Governor Scott Walker was in La Crosse today to talk about the state budget and last night’s senate vote on collective bargaining reform.

This morning, hundreds of people lined the streets outside of the La Crosse County Courthouse to voice their anger and frustration over last night’s vote. A special conference committee split collective bargaining off from the parts of the legislation. The remaining Republican senators then approved the bill 18-1.

"As Republicans, they’re showing who they really are and that’s just a group of people who are hell-bent on taking down the unions,”said La Crosse County Democratic Party Chairman Andrew Londre.

Governor Walker says, "It’s about passing a measure that meets the constitutional requirement in terms of not having appropriation in there that deals with the budgetary requirement, but what we do pass does have a fiscal impact.”

Walker says for the rest of this fiscal year, collective bargaining reform will save the state $30 million. He says over the next two years, it will provide more than $300 million in savings.

“At some point, we have to realize that (Democratic) Senator (Mark) Miller is not interested in coming back," Governor Walker said. "And he made it abundantly clear in his letter that he thought communications were over as of yesterday, so we had to find an alternative approach to move this process forward.”

Walker says passing the measure had to be done to help balance the state and local budgets without massive layoffs and property tax increases.

Some Republican supporters we talked to say they’re not proud of the way the bill passed, but they say it’s important to move Wisconsin forward. At the same time, members of the La Crosse County Democratic Party say they’re working to recall Republican Senator Dan Kapanke.


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  • by Jerry Henning Location: Barron, Wi on Mar 11, 2011 at 02:54 PM
    Did they move the Northern state line to Hwy 29? never comes to northern wis. where we already pay a BIG price for everthing, guess we"ll all be at the poverty level now, we never did get state wages or benefits.
  • by Gary Location: ec on Mar 11, 2011 at 09:29 AM
    Dude spends more time fly around than in Madison. Maybe sell the gov mansion to save more money?
  • by Princess Location: Osseo on Mar 11, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    Good idea Kevin. And charge extra at the Ill. border.
  • by Princess Location: Osseo on Mar 11, 2011 at 07:07 AM
    The campaign is over Governor. It's time to govern. Not rule............govern.
  • by Your're Brainwashed on Mar 11, 2011 at 06:23 AM
    He could care less about any person in Wisconsin. He only cares about his political status. You brainwashed Republicans will see soon enough.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2011 at 05:38 AM
    Is he ever in Madison? Every time he holds a press conference he is in a different city in Wisconsin. Here is a thought. Stay put and save the state some money.
  • by Charles Location: Medford on Mar 10, 2011 at 06:23 PM
    It's time Walker tightens his own belt. I cannot believe the scads of MONEY he's spending flying around the state. If I have to pare down, so does Walker! RECALL WALKER!!! ...Or maybe the Koch Brothers are springing for the gasoline/airplane fuel???
  • by Dad on Mar 10, 2011 at 06:08 PM
    Just think, govna weasel was in Wausau around noon today! SPEND SPEND SPEND.WHAT A HIPPOCRAT. Weasel walker has got to stop spending my children's money before he bankrupts the state. Time for the Koch brothers to pay their fair share.
  • by Dad on Mar 10, 2011 at 06:07 PM
    Just think, govna weasel was in Wausau around noon today! SPEND SPEND SPEND.WHAT A HIPPOCRAT. Weasel walker has got to stop spending my children's money before he bankrupts the state. Time for the Koch brothers to pay their fair share.
  • by George on Mar 10, 2011 at 04:52 PM
    All this over a $30 million in savings this year. Walker gave corporations $117 million of taxpayer money and no one said a word. Wake up people...big business is playing us ALL!
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