While speaking at Washington free market think tank, Governor Scott Walker defended his policies on public employees including collective bargaining changes and requiring higher pensions and health contributions.
In today’s talk, “Are Wisconsin’s Budget Reforms a Model for Other States,” Walker said the issue is not only favored only by Republicans – as Democrats such as N.Y. Governor Cuomo, Mass. Governor Patrick and even Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also want labor changes.
“Who would’ve thought a year ago when Occupy Chicago protestors came in, they’d mention my name and Rahm Emanuel’s name in the same breath,” said Walker, adding these changes “make sense.”
Gov. Walker said his fiscal policies are a way to protect the retirement benefits of those in public service. He mentioned states like Illinois – which fail to make tough budgetary decisions – are now looking to cut pension benefits.
The American Enterprise Institute hosted Walker for the event.
AUDIO: Brian Moon reports (1:15)