While a public hearing was being held in Madison Tuesday on a plan to cut public union benefits and bargaining power, Governor Scott Walker was in Eau Claire. The Governor was meeting with 30 workers at McDonough Manufacturing about the budget.
Protestors rallied outside of the business, letting out loud boos as the Governor left the building.
While inside, Governor Walker said what he’s laying out should be no surprise to anyone in the state. The Governor says he’s talked for two years about doing anything necessary to fix the budget, including his willingness to take on unions.
Walker says his bill provides an alternative to being jobless by keeping five to six thousand people from being laid off. The Governor says he believes most people in the state are in support of having state workers pay increased costs for their pensions and benefits.
A vote on the bill is expected by the end of this week.