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Walker: My Policies Helped Prevent Public-Employee Layoffs!



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Scott Walker is up on the air, pointing out that he has, in less than two years in office, kept many of his promises and the outlook for Wisconsin is significantly brighter.

Walker: Hi, I’m Scott Walker. In the three years before I was elected, Wisconsin lost 150,000 jobs. We promised to help employers create jobs. Today, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate, it’s the lowest it’s been since 2008. We kept our promise to balance the budget without raising taxes, and without massive layoffs, protecting jobs, and eliminating a $3.6 billion deficit.

We promised to hold the line on property taxes, and after years of tax increases, school property taxes actually went down. Because public employees now contribute to their health and pension benefits, we were able to put more money back into the classroom, increase funding for healthcare for our seniors, and keep thousands of firefighters, police officers, and teachers on the job. We can’t go back to the days of billion dollar budget deficits and double digit tax increases. Help me oppose the recall, and let’s use the foundation we’ve built to keep moving Wisconsin forward.

If there is a recall election, it may be held a little later than everyone expected:

Wisconsin’s municipal clerks are supporting a delay in any likely recall elections against the governor, lieutenant governor, and four Republican state senators. Election officials have until March 19th to certify recall petitions and order elections. On that time table, primaries would be held on April 24th.

Diane Hermann-Brown of the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association says that creates a problem because of how clerks need to store the data from the April 3rd election. Voting machines used in the majority of the state require a specific type of memory card, which needs to be held for a month before it can be erased. The machines are nearly 20-years-old and extra memory devices are not available.

Hermann-Brown says having a second election in April would likely require ballots to be counted by hand. It could also put a major strain on their already tight resources because of the time needed to set up any election.

The GAB plans to ask a judge for a delay in ordering any recall elections, possibly putting a primary in May and the general election in June. The board will meet March 12 to determine how much of an extension it plans to seek.


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