3:55 pm Jan. 5, 2012
This morning, I linked to a Governors Journal interview with Republican governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who is currently the target of union-backed recall effort, in which Walker referred to Andrew Cuomo as an example of a Democratic state executive who has taken a similar position to his on public-employee pension costs. The story didn't include a specific quote.
The author of the article, Dean Pagani, was kind enough to share some of his notes from that interview.
Here's what Pagani sent me:
Walker: The philosophical thing, I think, is even more important and I think that has a bigger impact after the elections. What I mean by that is; I believe this is one of those moments, where particularly on this issue, but some equally as big issues, where when we prevail, I think it has an impact not only on Madison and my statehouse, I think it will have an impact on every statehouse across America and I think ultimately it will have an impact on Washington.
GoJo: What would be that impact?
Walker: Well I think you're going to see even amongst not only Republican governors, but even, you've already seen some. I mean you've seen Cuomo to a certain extent, you've seen Jerry Brown modestly talking about it, you see, ah, Lincoln Chafee, certainly, talking about it. Not even as governor, you see Rahm Emanuel taking on the teacher's union to a certain degree. I, I think it opens the door, towards any chief executive in 2013 and beyond to start taking serious action to deal with legacy costs within the public sector.
GoJo: How could it impact the national debate?
Walker: ... I think it ties into entitlements. You know that whether you agree with Paul Ryan's plan or not, entitlements at the federal level are very similar to what we're talking about these issues at the state level. In both cases they directly effect our debt and our long term financial stability. And both of them are going to take enormous political courage to act on.