In contrast to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett, who has offered a detailed 67-page plan for cutting state government spending if he’s elected governor, neither of the Republican candidates, Mark Neumann and Scott Walker, have offered detailed plans for cutting state spending in order to close a structural budget deficit estimated at $2.3 billion. However, on Friday Walker finally did note he would seek concessions from state employees to address the state’s fiscal problems. News that Walker would seek to balance the state’s budget deficit on the backs of hard working state employees should come as a shock to absolutely no one, given Walker’s proven record of disdain and contempt for government employees.
When asked to detail specific policies he’d enact as governor to address the 2011-’13 budget that now has a $2.3 billion deficit built into it, Walker’s first response was to propose major wage and benefit cuts from state employees to close that gap. Throughout his time as Milwaukee County Executive, Walker has made it his mission to try to cut as dramatically as possible the salaries and benefits of thousands of middle class County employees, and no doubt he’s salivating at the chance to do the same to tens of thousands of middle class state employees.
What I’d like to know is why Scott Walker hates middle class folks as much as he does.