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Walker: collective bargaining with public unions brought Detroit to bankruptcy

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Governor Scott Walker says Detroit would not be bankrupt, and Chicago schools would be a lot better, if they had clamped down on public unions like he did in Wisconsin. That’s what the Republican governor told attending the annual Governmental Research Association policy conference at U-W Milwaukee yesterday.

In what some observers called a possible stump speech for a 2016 presidential campaign, Walker compared himself to Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He said F-D-R did not see a need for public sector bargaining because quote, “the government is the people.” Walker said he and his fellow legislative Republicans have empowered state employees and affirmed their greatness. He said the Act-10 limits give taxpayers – and not unions – control of how their money is spent.

Walker said he would make similar remarks to the nation’s governors when they meet in Milwaukee this weekend.

In answering an audience question, he said some lawmakers are now talking about extending the union bargaining limits to police-and-fire personnel, which were exempted from Act-10. The governor told reporters afterward that he would not propose such a change, but he would consider it if lawmakers sent such a bill to his desk.

Before Walker’s speech, two protestors yelled and one played a snare drum. Both were removed.