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Robert -- governors across the US we're facing massive budget gaps anxiously awaiting the outcome of Wisconsin's battle -- public units will.
What happens there be the blueprint for how other states will try to tackle their financial straits.
Let's ask governor Bob McDonnell Republican of Virginia who joins us now in a Fox Business exclusive.
Welcome governor we appreciate you coming on when you see what's happening in Wisconsin do you look at that and say.
A better take a different -- or is that the way you are going to work to close any budget deficits.
Well -- -- Scott Walker's on the right track it's what we did in Virginia last year when I became governor we had a four point two billion dollar budget deficit we reduce that without about raising taxes and now we've got a 400 million dollar surplus so we -- but trended in the right direction I think.
Right this is the time for tough decisions.
It's not what President Obama go to the federal level where he presented a budget that didn't make tough choices.
But -- will to be honest with the people with Johnson look at -- giant jump this is what we need to do to get our budget balanced.
-- -- governor you -- the president the president's organizing -- what's the remnants of his 2008 campaign.
Democratic national committee's organizing organizing -- the American arm.
Is now coming out in support of the protesters.
In Wisconsin is that the proper role you think of the president.
Well he'll have to answer that but my opinion is no.
You've got teachers that are -- their kids in the classroom and in the large.
I don't think that's right at all and I think that the people of Wisconsin will -- grow tired of that.
In short order look I know -- a tough economic time it's hard to tell the people of your state.
That you've got to pay more towards your pension you might have to do.
Suffer with a little bit less services so that you can or -- the budget.
That's what we did last year I've got an eighteen billion dollar unfunded liability in Virginia and I'm asking our state employees to pay more we're still working on at this session but.
People are ready for -- they're ready for the tough message about spending.
A constraint there with an 814 trillion dollar national debt.
And so I don't think President Obama weighing in -- this is that exactly the right thing he ought to be worried about what we're gonna do about our own national debt in Washington.
What let's talk about how to close the hole is there a way to close budget deficits and -- such as that -- -- eliminating union rights or do you have to do.
Ask everybody to be reasonable and start paying a little bit more again the word reasonable which which many of us believe is what the governor of Wisconsin is really asking for -- Is that how you really have to do it -- asked the unions to make types of concessions.
I I do and I think -- did that that is a dialogue bit when you look at how many have State's most of them that have unfunded liabilities in the pension.
Plans and realizing that the benefits might not be there in 51020 years when people retire people can understand that basic.
Basic math I -- I'm one of only four states in the country work our state employees now for thirty years have paid.
Nothing towards your pensions and we're trying to rebalance that Scott Walker's trying to do the same thing.
In Wisconsin and I think that people of good faith can work together looking at the map and realize that this level of spending.
Is unsustainable and if you want to have good benefits when you retire you've got to make the tough choices have shared sacrifice.
Right now people have to this -- last couple years of a tough economy lists are already for that message.
Governor let's be specific about what the governor Wisconsin is asking for he's saying that unions could still represent workers he's not for eliminating unions.
But unions could also not forced employees to pay dues.
And they would have to hold annual votes to stay organized is this similar to what you would like public sector unions to abide by in Virginia.
Well they're pretty good shape in Virginia were right to work -- we have very few public sector unions.
The few that are here we worked together -- -- on on things themselves governor Walker's got a lot.
Tougher road to ho but I did think at the end of today that the more you can bring free market incentives and more you can not do things -- it.
Take care of your employees to do the hard work for the state.
But -- the same time realize that this is a time for sacrifice.
The better you're gonna base I applaud the governor with just a couple weeks and office.
With given the -- -- to his employees and the people of Wisconsin I think it in a day they will support him.
Because he's doing the right thing to reduce spending in a tough budget time.
Of course that quick ten seconds are you worried that this kind of behavior might come to your state and and if so what do you do.
Now we've we've we've worked through those issues last year I've cut spending in Virginia.
Back to 2006.
Levels and were starting to grow again.
About 12% that last month so I think we've turned the corner Virginia a lot of states are still making those tough choices and I applaud the governor for his leadership in Wisconsin.
Virginia governor Bob McDonnell great to see -- governor please come back its -- again.
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