A Republican candidate for governor says the state needs to get wages for public sector employees under control.
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker says government needs to realize that the wages and benefits given to public employees will be difficult to sustain. He says there are a lot of good public servants, but the pay and benefits are woefully out of balance when compared to the private sector.
In a conference call with reporters Monday, Walker said cuts to state employee wages could help fuel efforts to cut taxes in other areas. The GOP hopeful says he’d like to see taxes cut for employers, along with rolling back combined reporting from the recent state budget and lowering capital gains taxes.
Walker says he also wants to see changes made in local government and school districts that receive state funding. He says there should be an expectation that wages and benefits are under control in those areas as well.
Walker is running against former Congressman Mark Neumann in the Republican primary.