Ambitious governors shift political power, focus to states
February 25th, 2011
01:08 PM ET
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Ambitious governors shift political power, focus to states

Washington (CNN) - The battle over union rights in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana has dramatically shifted the budget debate from Capitol Hill to the states, almost overshadowing the threat of a government shutdown in Washington next week.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker garnered national attention as one of a handful of Republican governors emboldened by the midterm elections who now are trying to enact ambitious but controversial cost-cutting measures.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Jack Markell • John Kasich • Martin O'Malley • Nikki Haley • Rick Scott • Scott Walker
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  1. Sniffit

    "ambitious but controversial cost-cutting measures."

    Wow...CNN is on a euphamism roll today. Let's translate: "Politically motivated and targetted at undermining partisan opponents' organizational, financial and feet-on-the-ground support." There...fixed.

    February 25, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    Now that the Washington bailout money for the states (to maintain union jobs that should have been cut two years ago) is coming to an end, these states are finally doing what they need to do, cut spending and get their fiscal house in order today, and in the future. Having huge blood sucking unions draining your money forever has to stop. The Democrats have given away the farm to get unions votes. The day of reckoning is here. The farm is bankrupt. Enjoy your retirement blood suckers. You killed the host.

    February 25, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Gale

    Could someone please tell me what these people want the Govenors to do? Print money to buy their Viagra, pay their union officials, and cover up all the union scandals? They just don't get it, do they? With more pay out, and not enough income, who's gonna pay the bills? Those of us who work everyday, are so tired of seeing people that won't work, walking the streets, while we work. If people have more money, they should pay for the births of illegitimate children, while the Mothers keep on breeding, getting tatoos, smoking and taking drugs, the Fathers live off the welfare collecting Mothers and take drugs or drink. Does one not wonder why they are sick of this. Move over Egypt and Libya, the USA is probably next.

    February 25, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Inmyopinion

    Face it, we cannot continue to pay for these high wages, pensions, benefits, Union fees for government employees from our tax dollars and also pay for our own benefits, pensions in the private sector from our own salaries. This is not fair that government employees barely contribute anything towards their benefits and Unions get their fees no matter if the state has money or not.
    I understand that government employees also pay taxes but those taxes come back to them in the form of their salaries so they don't lose anything, while those in the private sector pay taxes that are used in paying government employees' salaries, benefits, pensions and Union fees.

    We have people in the private sector standing in the unemployment line while these government workers are asking for a pay increase.

    February 25, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Charlie from the North

    Here is what happened in my state and I wonder where else. About 4/5ths of those eligible are registered to vote, of that 80% about 1/2 chose not to vote. With 40% of eligible people voting 21% of eligible population is a majority. In my state it is even worse because a third party candidate the rabid idiot who now runs our state won with 38% of the votes. His mandate now comes from 15% of the eligible voting population.

    Now I accept his victory because those with the power to stop him sat out. I don't blame those who voted for him. They were sick of a Democratic administration and voted in what they understood to be their best interest (he may destroy their party he is so bad but that is not my concern). I don't blame the third party folks either. Their votes were for a man of integrity who they felt would do the best job. I blame my own party somewhat for not running a better campaign. The establishment candidate ran in a lack-luster way. The real culprits here, and I suspect across the country are the folks who stayed home. Those who did not bother to register or those registered who could not be bothered to vote caused this embarrassment to come to pass. Shame on you!

    February 25, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. sammieb51

    My God the GOP is doing such a fantastic job creating jobs and moving the economy forward, don't you think? These guys are like ants on Meth and can't make up their minds which "social" issue they're going to "kill" next - it WAS abortion and 1st to define "forcible" as it related to rape, and then to defund Planned Parenthood (ignoring the fact federal funds don;t pay for abortions there or anywhere else), and they want to eliminate ALL insurance paying for abortions, now it is literally helping GOP governors kill jobs by nixxing the unions in their states. Terrific job guys, can hardly wait for the next session. Maybe you should just let govt shut down until 2012 when responsible people are in charge again.

    February 25, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  7. Andrea

    Ambitious is an understatement!! Scott Walker believes he is King, not Governor! He has been exposed as willing to sacrifice thousands of constituent jobs, put their safety at risk and quell ANY voices of dissent in the future. He is not a courageous leader, he is a dangerous small man trying to make a big impact. What civic leader would allow his State to be torn in two....they have given you the money you needed to balance the budget, why do you want to take their voice and their dignity, Scott Walker!!! He is unwilling to talk of any negotiation but he will spend 20 minutes boasting to his Right Wing Billionaire donor. This is a sad day in Wisconsin and in America for the little guy. SHAME SHAME SHAME!! I fear for this Country.

    February 25, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker garnered national attention as one of a handful of Republican governors emboldened by the midterm elections who now are trying to enact ambitious but controversial cost-cutting measures."

    How typical of the GOP to take a 2010 40% voter turnout rate and try to force it into a GOP policy mandate. Imagine their surprise once their anti-middle class policies begin to actually take effect and they find that the majority of the populace isn't behind them or their policies after all. Scott Walker is now in a better position to understand that for all his macho talk, he really doesn't have the majority of Wisconsinites backing him now. I suspect it won't take Kasich and Company long to realize this as well. Not a good thing to alienate half of your voting block, GOPers, and then expect to get re-elected.

    February 25, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. S. In California

    YOU get what YOU vote for [R]. YOU wanted change. YOU got it. Now live with it!

    February 25, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |