Wisconsin governor blasts public-sector unions as wasteful
February 21st, 2011
06:12 PM ET
12 years ago

Wisconsin governor blasts public-sector unions as wasteful

MADISON, Wisconsin (CNN) - As the standoff continues in Madison over a budget bill that would increase the costs of benefits to public employees and curb their collective bargaining rights, Republican Gov. Scott Walker blamed unions for squandering state coffers and impeding fiscal reform.

"We're broke," the governor told reporters Monday. "You really can't negotiate when you don't have money to negotiate with."


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  1. Al

    In 2012 Scott Walker will be Recalled!

    February 21, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Tony

    He wasn't elected by the people of Wisconsin to engage in union busting.

    This guy is a complete moron, and should be recalled immediately. The teacher's have already agreed to pay cuts and increases in their healthcare and retirement costs, but because they won't agree to forego their collective bargaining rights (and he is surprised by this?) he won't negotiate.

    Once again, he is a complete moron.

    February 21, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Inmyopinion

    If Wisconsin's government employees and Unions had the nerve to demand taxpayers to pay for their pills what makes us think that these same government employees and Unions will now be willing to pay for some of their own healthcare and pension fees.

    February 21, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Greg in Cabot, AR

    Republican majorities in the Wisconsin Legislature, pushed through $117 million in tax breaks for business allies of the GOP this year but I guess that is ok since they don't appear to need any erectile dysfunction pills to screw over the tax payers.

    Just fire the teachers and home school all the kids, that would save more tax money to give even bigger tax breaks to more businesses.

    February 21, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. mack Johnson

    The Governor is a first class bombastic hypocrite. If you belong to a public union who endorses and contributes to his coffers you get a pass on having to increase your benefits contribution. I wonder just how much longer will the American people buy the snake oil the people of his ilk is selling. They will spin a story du jour loaded with contradictions to hide their real agenda.

    February 21, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. terry, va

    Come back to work you gutless law makers and teachers or GET FIRED !!!!!! I have zero sympathy for gutless law breakers.

    February 21, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Voice of Reason

    I hope the people of Wisconsin realize that they have no one to blame but themselves. That's what you get for voting in a tea-party nincompoop who only sees the world in uncompromising black and white. When you hire an idiot to lead your state, knowing full well that he beleives he has an incontrovertible 'mandate from the masses' – you better be prepared for whatever idiocy comes from it.

    So to the people of Wisconsin: You made your bed, I hope you enjoy lying in it. To the rest of the US: Please take a long, hard look at the Tea Party's agenda put in action, and remember it in November.

    February 21, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. vic nashville tn

    Wisconsin governor going after unions in the name of budget cut

    Tennessee republican’s senate going after unions in the name of educational reform

    DC republicans going after poor and middleclass in the name of cuts

    All these agenda look like Glen Beck’s

    Now tea party lost their goal

    Reasult as Huckabbe said “ Obama will be tough to beat”

    February 21, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  9. Albo58

    Hear, hear...the Governor is right! The teachers and the cowardly Dimwits that left the state, should have their wages stopped now and the Unions should be permanently banned from public employment!

    February 21, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  10. Jerry

    What is the difference from Wasteful Unions and the Gov stealing from the middle class and giving to wealthy friends?

    February 21, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Rick in Phx

    Can't they impeach this guy?... I mean we impeached gov. Mecham here in Az some years back. If this guy has so many protesters why don't they just get rid of him or are the Govs. In Wisconsin un-impeachable?

    February 21, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  12. duckbutter

    would love a job that i work 9 months a yr and go out makeing 80% off my pay ck when i guit .. no wonder there broke....

    February 21, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    It will not be easy getting states back in control of their financial resources. Fortunately, Governor Walker is not taking the easy way out, but instead choosing to do his job as necessary for the state of Wisconsin. Unions brought down General Motors and they would not think twice about trying to take down our country one state at a time. Governor Walker and Governor Christie of New Jersey are two who care enough about doing what is necessary to stand up to the bloated unions.

    February 21, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. Marcus

    "We're broke," the governor told reporters Monday. "You really can't negotiate when you don't have money to negotiate with."

    Allow me to explain myself, any negotiation about 'money' is useless at this point simply because the Unions and the workers they represent do agree with the 'money' bit of the law.
    They agree with it. Obviously, like everybody else, they wish they did not have to pay more (than they already do) but since this is impossible given the economic situation of the state (and country)...
    Patience. They will pay their share according to the bill.
    So 'money' is not in negotiation, Mr. Governor.
    Unions' rights are.
    We all, except die-hard tea-partiers, know that very well.

    February 21, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  15. srichey

    Governor Walker signed $117 million in corporate tax breaks. Wisconsin’s immediate budge shortfall is $137 million. That’s his pretext for socking it to Wisconsin’s public unions.

    February 21, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |