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Well here at the Willis report we make it one of our top priorities to single out the spenders of your tax dollars.
And to highlight the defenders.
My next guest has spent the last eight years defending the wallets of Milwaukee County residents and now he's making a push for the Wisconsin Statehouse Scott Walker is the now locking campaign.
Executive who is looking to unseat the democratic incumbent governor Scott welcome to the C -- good to be with you I will still let's talk about this idea of how you actually save money.
-- clearly the federal government has lost its way on this -- -- how -- you get down to brass -- and actually cut spending.
Well in our case and we cut at four point 9% last year it's as simple start from the top.
When I first came in eight years ago the county executive Mike and actually made more than the governor if you can believe it -- -- wow.
So over the past eight years I've given back 370000.
Dollars -- my own salary.
Just to make a point to two starts of the leadership at the top it.
Over eight years we've cut our debt by 10% in -- by 2012.
My outstanding debt will be down 28%.
We've got our workforce for the government workforce not the private sector the government workforce by over 20% which is really the key.
Improved our bond rating and for the past eight years introduced budgets that didn't raise the property tax Levy from the previous year you just have to do that it's the sort of austerity that.
I think we need to Washington as well as in our State's campus.
Cut how do you build consensus around that -- I can imagine there are lots of entrenched interests who would like to keep that spending going.
Well we really got the people behind this in my county there's never been a Republican elected before and I've been elected three times.
The last time was 60% of the vote the candidate with two -- for President Obama.
Mainly because people were looking for leadership and even though the -- legislative branch at the county level didn't want to make many of those changes.
We went right to the people.
Made this about the people not about near about a political party that really about getting them involved getting in the lobby their legislative branch and that's exactly what they did and that's how we got success.
That sold hearts and flowers though I mean you do face some issues problems there and even now.
For example I -- -- seen is is pretty troubled were you doing there.
Well received the president was just there the other day we made a big push for the fact that we need him to push back and his radical environmental agenda.
We -- -- small success when it came to the Cyrus one of the world's largest mining equipment companies is based here Wisconsin.
For a brief moment they give us a reprieve but we've got to pull back and that radical agenda that they pushed through that ties in the cap and trade and other things that.
Governor Jim Doyle and mayor of Milwaukee -- -- pushing here that would cost -- more jobs we had a temporary victory.
But we really got to cut taxes reduce the regulatory litigation cost and invested major infrastructure in our power.
And our transportation systems that we do that we -- -- -- -- spoken OSHA.
Major -- a place is all right Wisconsin.
Well -- I have to ask you about a story we've been following here on the Willis report Bucyrus this is -- company.
I know that you know very well located where you are.
We followed the story of this company and and you know they almost lost business because of a decision.
By the export import bank.
I want to know what you made and that of course export and import bank changed their mind but about a thousand jobs in the region was at stake.
Wouldn't you think of what went on marry and is this the -- start of something good or bad.
Well they get it was a temporary reprieve I felt so -- actually took out full page ad in the paper to greet the president that day because I thought it.
Really have been about politics not about policy and so.
We needed to drive that point home with the president his administration.
They got the pressure they got the focus the timing was right because of the president in less than fifteen miles from where.
This company actually manufactures at large scale mining equipment they reversed that decision that they've got four more projects like this up in front of the export import right.
And it's is radical environmental agenda this push it.
The wrong direction we apartments are they do you think what do you think you're gonna happen with the other four projects and did you pay for that bad yourself -- the county residents pay for.
No not from the taxpayers Wii Fit from it for our campaign we thought that's just the sort of distinction voters want to know about and they want us to lead on.
And in terms of the future my hope is we can turn around we did it here we show we could save a thousand jobs.
We need to turn around that radical environmental policy permanently so we can create more jobs and -- I -- to -- -- the one other thing before you go here we're almost out of time.
But you are the brown bag.
County executive you bring your own lunch every day so when you say I save money.
You don't just -- save money for the catty mean I save money personally with the family budget.
And I hear you ran a little the you know.
And have people suggest things put on those bags and we're looking at it right now.
-- -- a lot of -- you have much sleep follow up following on this or other -- a -- -- are -- arms.
Brown bag movement that -- has been phenomenal people coming -- realizing that just like -- pack a -- and have since I started working to pay for college years ago.
People like me you're saving money all across are states that matter all across America and they for one elected government that has to save money like the rest of the so -- -- back in -- brown bag launcher.
I don't drive the pickup truck like Scott Brown but -- do drive -- 1998 -- have a go for under 1000 miles on it so we do the same note BMW okay.
Scott aren't -- I don't know -- appreciate it.
Good to be -- --
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