MILWAUKEE -- From signing new legislation to the on-going recall effort it has been a busy year in Wisconsin politics, especially for Governor Scott Walker. Governor Walker joined FOX6 News Friday, March 30th to discuss the on-going recall effort, John Doe investigation, GOP race and more.
With regards to the recall effort against him, Governor Walker remains optimistic, claiming the recall effort provides him with a great opportunity to go out and spread his message. "Two years ago, the majority of people in this state elected me to do a job, and we have been doing it ever since. We balanced the budget without raising taxes, without major layoffs, and without cutting core services like Medicaid." Walker said.
Walker claims that other states like Illinois have done the opposite and argues they are facing higher unemployment rates. "I think when voters see the difference they will realize that whether it is Tom Barrett, Kathleen Falk, or anybody else out there (running against him) the policies they embrace are the same failed policies we see in Illinois right now," Walker said.
Governor Walker firmly argues that he didn't go "too far" with his policies. Gov. Walker says he stepped up and made the tough decisions to balance the budget. Walker says his policies are going to empower the middle class in this state to be in control of their own destiny. " We are going to do it without massive layoffs, like other states. We are going to do it without cuts to Medicaid, and we are ultimately going to do it in a way that is sustainable. We are going to think about the next generation more than we think about the next election, and that is what we did," Walker said.
Walker hopes to earn the trust of Wisconsin citizens again and claims that he made promises and fulfilled them. "The things I said I would do, I did. We improved the economy, got the fiscal house in order, made the government work better for the people we serve," Walker said. Walker says they have created a better business environment. "That is why we saw more than 17, 000 new jobs the first two months of this year and our unemployment rates dropped below seven percent for the first time since 2008," Walker said.