Scott Walker, who spoke to reporters last week about right-to-work legislation, said Wednesday he would prefer to focus on budget savings such as merging state agencies than trying to move forward the private-sector union legislation. Scott Walker is considering merging state agencies in the next budget to save money."There'll be some bold things in terms of potentially the consolidation of some state agencies and the elimination of positions at the top levels to become more efficient and more accountable," Walker told reporters after a holiday tour of the Capitol.Merging agencies could allow for combining some similar functions as well as eliminating top positions and salaries at one of the departments, such as the secretary, deputy and assistant deputy secretaries, chief legal counsel and public information officer, he said.
"It sends a powerful message across the country and around the world," Governor Walker said.
BROWN DEER (WITI/AP) — Governor Scott Walker on Monday, March 9th signed a Right-to-Work bill into law, striking another blow against organized labor four years after effectively ending collective bargaining for public-sector workers.
The controversial bill makes it a crime for businesses and labor unions to force employees to pay union dues -- essentially weakening unions in private businesses.
He says it will lead to more hires, and it will not mean less pay -- although opponents still think otherwise.
Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) says he agrees Right-to-Work could make Wisconsin more competitive, both nationally and globally, but he says maybe not in a positive way.