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Wisconsin governor Scott Walker gained nationwide attention for his stance against collective bargaining and mandatory union membership now.
After spurring the anger of labor unions he and others in the Wisconsin governor facing recall elections Governor Walker joins me now.
Got a great to have you with us tonight thanks for -- You're good to be with you.
Are right it's how our viewers how did she managed to so tick off the union members in Wisconsin.
Well I'd say it's a big every union bosses are upset actually talked to a lot of the public workers -- interstate.
And they realize on my places like Illinois where they're laying off thousand employees because they're shutting down a dozen or more facilities or other states doing the same thing.
-- was down to we avoided those massive -- from protected taxpayers.
-- -- cuts in things like Medicaid and I think in the end it's really the big government union bosses with a wound the most upset here because their money risk.
-- -- continue simply ask -- public sector workers to do what we private sector workers do all the time and that's kick in.
On health -- kick in on our pensions or retirement programs.
Why should public sector workers.
-- get a break here why should we in the private sector be held to a higher standard.
Let's exactly right what we're doing now on the -- Wisconsin is is doing what I think most people think is reasonable.
That is public employees including -- -- matching -- retirement contribution.
They were making a modest contribution for our health care premium about twelve point 6% that's about half of what the average.
Middle class taxpayer pays in our state that my brother's a good example he works as a banquet manager at a hotel part time is a bartender.
His wife works for department store they get to beautiful girls there -- typical.
Middle class family.
-- he pointed out throughout this whole battle he said I pay about 800 dollars -- a month or more.
Just for his 401K in the little bit -- -- a little -- he can set aside his 401K.
And when he pays overall and it it is that health care premium.
You're asking for a fraction of that why -- people complaining about it once again it's because the big government union bosses don't want that union dues money going away from them.
They -- -- re forced to have to pay that they no longer have to be forced to do that they get to choose they have the freedom of choice now.
We said before you're facing a recall election and right now approval disapproval ratings.
-- do you think you're gonna win this thing and doesn't this election and by the way costs nine million bucks OK the voters are paying nine million bucks to do this.
-- does this election does it tell -- broader countries something about the power of unions.
Well I think it has a larger implication on the one hand you see in the tens of millions of -- came in over the past year -- attack me.
First in this debate then of the Supreme Court race then 44 million dollars was spent on all the six.
Republican state senate elections for recalls last summer total funds spent the majority of that was against Republicans.
And the vast majority of that was from the big every union bosses they're gonna spend even more in the coming days weeks and months ahead.
But I think in the -- we're gonna prevail I think ultimately the truth is our number one tool.
When people see the facts that the unemployment rate is down from a year ago that -- the down lows now Vince's 2008.
When they see that we balance the budget without raising taxes or laying off thousands of public employees they see we're making decisions and ultimately think more about the next generation alright.
Quick question should they -- more ago.
I know you got a 140 million for your state from this settlement with banks in the mortgage meltdown but you're taking some of that money point six million unplugging -- budget hole.
We're using the money for that that's not what it's for.
Well actually that's not true we get settlements all the time of the -- government.
Most the time all the money goes into the state budget in this case 82% of it goes directly to homeowners.
Who have been affected by that that is that is obviously a very significant portion much larger than many settlements have been for other issues in the past and the rest that goes.
The details damages done the state governments in.
And ultimate other governments at the local -- that help them deal with the foreclosure crisis so most of it's being spent for homeowners 82%.
The rest is going to offset the burden that's been.
Caused upon the impact of the economy.
Well good luck on the recall election will certainly be following your story closely we appreciate your time today Governor Walker.
Thank you my pleasure good to be with you.
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