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Taking Act 10 national? Gov. Walker says Trump administration is interested

MADISON -- Gov. Scott Walker says President Donald Trump's administration is interested in taking Wisconsin Act 10, the law that ended most collective bargaining rights for many public sector workers, national.

Walker said he met with Vice President Mike Pence for a "great amount of time" during a visit to the White House last weekend.

"We talked about what we've done in Wisconsin, how they may take bits and pieces of what we did with Act 10 and civil service reform and how they can apply that at the national level," Walker said. "It's something they're interested in."

Walker once pitched the idea of curtailing federal government workers' collective bargaining rights during his own short-lived presidential campaign.

A week before he dropped out of the race in September 2015, Walker pledged that he would prohibit the federal government from automatically deducting union dues from workers' paychecks.

"We've got a plan to wreck havoc on Washington and our plan starts on day one," Walker said during a rollout of his plan.

Gov. Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker

It sounded like Act 10, the issue that first vaulted Walker onto the national stage.

Fast forward to today, and Walker says he is open to advising the Trump administration on how to go nationwide with the law.

"It's certainly something we're willing to offer our assistance on -- particularly if it helps improve not just the nation but helps the ability to be better stewards of the taxpayers dollars here in Wisconsin," Walker said.

Walker said he spoke briefly with President Trump in the Oval Office about Russian president Vladimir Putin. Mr. Trump had just gotten off the phone with Putin, Walker said, without providing details of the conversation.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 1: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (C) sits beside Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA) Wayne LaPierre (R), and Executive Director of the National Right To Life Committee David O'Steen (L); during a meeting on Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Reynolds - Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 1: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (C) sits beside Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA) Wayne LaPierre (R), and Executive Director of the National Right To Life Committee David O'Steen (L); during a meeting on Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on February 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Reynolds - Pool/Getty Images)

5 comments

  • Set It Straight

    And why is it that Walker NEVER mentions that he EXEMPTED Police, Fire and Transit Workers from Act 10? Do you like paying the pensions of these people who make good salaries and can afford to fund their own retirements and retire in their FIFTIES! It is always left out and Trump I would bet is not even aware of this, Walker is a perpetual lying bas-turd who as the son of a minister sure loves lying in the Devil’s bed. Bring up this fact everytime you do a story Fox 6 – POLICE, FIRE & TRANSIT ARE EXEMPT.

    • grunt

      Why is it that nobody ever mentions that Milwaukee’s mayor used the tools of Act 10 dramatically reduced the benefits of his city workers despite running (and losing) in a temper tantrum recall election that was allegedly because of Act 10?

  • flogislife

    LIAR! This buffoon will say absolutely ANYTHING to make it look like people are interested in what he has to say!

  • C. Pettit

    Walker is creepy. I think he was humiliated during his presidential run by bragged about ACT 10! So, I believe this is a test with more powerful politicians to elevate his ego.

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