This is the most explosive and revealing piece yet on Scott Walker's deceptive (lie) congressional testimony. A must see from Fox6 reporter Mike Lowe
Fox6, Mike Lowe: When did Gov. Scott Walker decide
that cuts to collective bargaining would be the centerpiece of his strategy to
balance the state’s budget? Newly uncovered documents contradict what Walker
The key question is: did Gov. Scott Walker plan
to cut collective bargaining all along, as a way to cripple the Democrats, or
was he simply reacting to Wisconsin’s fiscal crisis, trying to balance a budget
with a bold move?
In response to allegations people didn’t see this coming,
“I can point to a flyer the unions put out, where they
mentioned collective bargaining and the things we put out. What I did
throughout the campaign was say to balance the budget without tax increases,
you have to have wage and benefit reform, and I said any number of times when I
was interviewed and in forums, I’m willing to look at the full range of
options. I didn’t say at this day, at this time, I’ll do this, but there’s no
doubt I was open to all these options,” Walker said.
Which didn't answer the question. Barrett can use all of this in the debate:
…he was asked when he got the idea for Act 10.
“In December, after the elections, but before I was sworn
into office,” Walker said.
Records obtained by FOX6 News show it was actually November
when the Legislative Reference Bureau –
the state office that essentially creates bills – was directed to start
drafting what would become Act 10. An internal memo entitled “Alternative
Approach to Collective Bargaining” sketched out plans to require unions to
recertify every year, and to prohibit them from collecting dues.
Walker: “We’ve looked at it for some time. In fact, as Lee
Holloway (Milwaukee’s former County Board chairman) pointed out last year — who
is obviously not a political ally of mine — who said anyone who didn’t see this
coming hadn’t been watching me for the last eight years. What reaffirmed that
for us and where that’s consistent with what I said in front of that
Congressional committee, is after the elections, but before I was sworn in, AFSCME and
the other public employee unions ran out to the lame-duck Legislature with a
lame-duck governor and tried to push through contracts, that ultimately, a
couple Democrats in the state Legislature voted against, figuring that the new
Legislative majority and the new governor should have a chance to be involved
in that process, but each of those points aren’t inconsistent with the other.”
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