During the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Business Lobby Day at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Hotel, unions protested the appearance of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker--a guest of The Chamber. Walker talks about the differences between Illinois and Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says his speech in Springfield Tuesday was a message to voters back home, that if they throw him out of office in a June recall election, they could wind up with the same serious budget problems plaguing Illinois.
Walker was invited by the State Chamber of Commerce to talk about his efforts to balance Wisconsin’s budget without raising taxes. Walker says he took steps to limit the collective bargaining rights of public sector workers because they threatened his ability to make tough budget choices.
While hundreds heard Scott Walker’s speech inside a downtown Springfield hotel, a couple of thousand people were outside protesting the Wisconsin governor’s appearance.
Union leaders say Walker slashed education and health care spending, and restricted the bargaining rights of public sector workers, only to give the money to big corporations in the form of tax breaks.
And they note that even with the tax breaks, those companies are not creating jobs, giving Wisconsin one of the worst job creation records in the country.