Walker on Forbes Article About Planning Financial Martial Law: 'Absolutely False'

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MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker says that a blog story published on Forbes.com about reported planning for a new bill which would force local governments into what the story called, "a financial stress test with an eye towards permitting the governor to take over municipalities that fail to meet with Walker's approval," is not the case.

"No truth to it whatsoever.  Absolutely a bogus story," Walker claimed on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Midday with Charlie Sykes."

"Absolutely false.  The interesting part is that it's false in both contexts.  One: There's nobody on my staff, nobody in my administration, I'm certainly not working anything remotely close to that.  Secondly, it begins with the fact that he said the next Democratic assault.  I'd like to know what the first one was."

The article, blogged by Forbes' Rick Ungar, said that if a city, town, village or county did not measure up to the test, Walker would reportedly be empowered under the bill to "insert a financial manager of his choosing into local government with the ability to cancel union contracts, push aside duly elected local government officials and school board members and take control of Wisconsin cities and towns whenever he sees fit to do so."

Walker told Sykes he believed that the now on-hold collective bargaining law and his 2011-13 budget plans actually are more empowering to workers and the middle class.

"The idea of what we did in our budget reforms is actually putting more power in the hands of the people, not only the taxpayers of this state, the middle class taxpayers who for years have been stuck picking up more, and more, and more of the tab of big government, but even in the case of workers in this state.  Workers in this state, because of our reforms, now have the ultimate (capability) whether or not they want to be part of a union or whether or not they want money, up to $1,000 in many cases, going out of their paycheck and into the unions without any say."

The Detroit News says that Michigan has put in place a similar provision, and has acted on it in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Newsradio 620 WTMJ has contacted the Democratic Party of Wisconsin for a response.