Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker found himself in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today, admitting under oath that his going after the collective bargaining rights of state employees had absolutely nothing to do with saving his state money. Here’s video of the Governor being questioned by Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
…Kucinich grilled Walker on how repealing collective bargaining rights for public workers would save money for Wisconsin’s budget. He specifically asked Walker how much money would be saved by requiring unions to hold annual votes to continue representing their own members.
“It doesn’t save any,” Walker replied, after a brief exchange with Kucinich.
Kucinich then produced a letter (pdf) from Wisconsin’s Legislative Fiscal bureau, that listed the state’s recent “Public Employee Collective Bargaining Modifications” among nonfiscal policy items that would not save the state significant money. He said the letter proved that the collective bargaining changes were motivated by politics rather than cost-cutting.
“I think what we’ve been able to demonstrate here is that the attack on collective bargaining rights is a choice, not a budget issue,” Kucinich said….
And here’s something from our friends at ThinkProgress:
…Walker’s admission is crucial because he had long claimed that his anti-union “budget repair bill” was designed to save the state money, not bust unions. But his words today echo those of Wisconsin state senate leader Scott Fitzgerald (R), who last month effectively admitted that the union fights are not about budgetary issues, but rather about winning the next election by depleting the ranks of organized labor…