Reaction to the State of the State speech
The MacIver Institute has instant reaction to Governor Scott Walker’s State of the State speech.
While the governor ended the speech with an optimistic tone, there is certain to be a battle brewing ahead as public employee unions, liberal community organizations and other interest groups react to Walker’s austerity measures.
By and large, Democratic legislators in the audience were not impressed.
“In the midst of the blowing snow across Wisconsin, citizens heard a good load of hot-air tonight in the Governor’s first state of the state,” said Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) “State of the State speeches are cheerleading sessions, and Governor Walker did not fail to meet to try and cheer on his party base.”
One of Senator Taylor’s Republican colleagues framed it differently.
“When Wisconsin families cannot make ends meet, they adjust their budget,” said Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) ”What families are doing at the kitchen table, we’re going to do in government. We’re going to say we have to do more with less and innovate and reform the way government operates in this state.”
The MacIver Institute also got the reactions to the speech from a number of legislators on video, including Waukesha’s State Representative Bill Kramer, “I think it was great. It was a whole lot better than the last four I sat through.”
My own reaction will be appearing in Thursday’s Waukesha Freeman (for just half of what you can buy a cup of coffee at McDonald’s).