Raw Video: Walker Says Budget Plans Can Help 'Turn This State Around'
Click on the video link to see raw video of Governor Walker's press conference from State Fair Park on Wednesday morning.
MILWAUKEE - The day after announcing his 2011-13 budget plan, Governor Scott Walker addressed both that plan and the budget repair bill at a press conference in Milwaukee.
He spoke at the Tommy Thompson Youth Center at State Fair Park.
"There's a lot of tension, a lot of passion in this state, but I know just as a generation ago, we can turn this state around if we just stay on the right path," Walker explained.
"This budget is ultimately about a commitment to the future, a commitment so that our children don't face even more dire consequences than what we face today."
He addressed both his two year budget and the budget repair bill, and he believes the two go hand in hand.
"I think it's important for people in this state to remember that after his first term in office, those bold ideas, those innovative reforms helped this state not only balance its budget and get it on a path of prosperity, but ultimately help the private sector create 258,000 new jobs," said Walker.
The Governor talked about the monetary issues the state faces right now.
"We face a $3.6 billion budget deficit over the next two years. That's significant," expalined Walker.
"We're balancing the budget based on major reductions based on state aid and other programs, but because of the budget repair bill that is pending in the state senate as we speak, we give those local governments the tools to avoid those massive layoffs."
He repeated his call for 14 Wisconsin State Democrats to return from Illinois.
"It's so vitally important that those 14 State Senate Democrats who are now outside the state of Wisconsin come back to our state, so in turn we have a budget that gives our local governments in particular the tools they need to offset the reductions in the budget we talked about last evening," said Walker.
"If those 14 State Senate Democrats do not come back, school districts and local governments across the state of Wisconsin will be faced to deal with massive layoffs of teachers, city, county and local government employees.
"But if they come back in the coming days, they can help us avoid that, so that our local governments, our schools can more than avoid those sorts of reductions and ultimately layoffs that can affect our services, our schools and more importantly our children."