Somehow, against the wills of many in Washington, Republican Governor Scott Walker won for the third time in Wisconsin.
This was not from a lack of trying on the liberals’ parts. Mary Burke, a former executive of Trek Bicycle Corp., ran as his opponent. President Obama visited to campaign on her behalf, as did the First Lady, (twice) Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka.
Perhaps, what decided the race was the improvements the people of Wisconsin have seen in their state since first electing Governor Scott Walker. According to a “Weekend Interview” at the Wall Street Journal, the school systems are better- third grade reading levels are up, graduation rates have improved, and ACT scores are higher.
“…a lot of states should be looking at Governor Walker and the Assembly in Madison in terms of looking at how you can make that change and how you can curtail the growth of whether it’s the unions or any other faction that is stemming growth and competition.” – Lisa B. Nelson, CEO of ALEC
Governor Walker survived, and is the only governor to do so, a recall election during his last term as governor aimed at his budget bill which limited the collective-bargaining powers of public-employee unions, and automatic dues collection and health and pension benefits. Because of the budget bill, Act 10, the state was able to balance the budget, and counties were then able to restrain, and in some cases reduce, the property taxes that had increased 27% over the decade before Mr. Walker. According to the National Review, one of Governor Scott Walker’s most impressive achievements “include transforming Doyle’s $3.6 billion deficit into a $911 million surplus.”
As Governor Walker said after the most recent election, “People actually saw, they saw with their own eyes,” he says. “Once they got past the myths and the half-truths and sometimes the outright falsehoods, they could see in their own families, in their own homes, they could see in their own workplaces and towns and cities and villages and counties that life was better.”
According to Lisa B. Nelson, the new chief executive officer of the American Legislative Exchange Council, “…a lot of states should be looking at Governor Walker and the Assembly in Madison in terms of looking at how you can make that change and how you can curtail the growth of whether it’s the unions or any other faction that is stemming growth and competition.”
Looking at Governor Scott Walker’s track record, it seems that he is passing the test of “Do Conservative Policies of Limited Government Work” with flying colors.
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