As Republican lawmakers push quickly to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state, Governor Scott Walker is backing off from comments made earlier this year about the bill being a distraction.
During a stop in Green Bay on Tuesday, Walker said he opposed bringing up the bill during the start of the current Legislative session because he feared it would distract from the roll-out of his biennial budget plan. His proposed spending package came out just a few weeks ago and as lawmakers begin the process of sifting through it, Walker said there is time to consider right-to-work. Walker noted that “it takes several months for the Legislative Fiscal Bureau to go through it (the budget) and the Joint Finance Committee…so if there ever was a time, now is a pretty good time for them to do it.”
Walker said he believes right-to-work legislation could be a strong tool to help spur economic development in the state. However, he added that “it’s not the only tool” that businesses will use when exploring the possibility of setting up shop in Wisconsin.