Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

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.”

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch

Attorney General Van Hollen

DOA Secretary Mike Huebsch

Sen. Frank Lasee

Sen. Neal Kedzie

Rep. Tom Larson

Rep. Jeff Stone

Sen. Mary Lazich

Rep. Scott Suder

Rep. Scott Krug

Rep. Robin Vos

Rep. Warren Petryk

Rep. Bill Kramer

Rep. Michelle Litjens

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout

Sen. Leah Vukmir

Rep. Tyler August

Sen. Pam Galloway

Rep. Mark Pocan

Rep. Don Pridemore

Rep. Leon Young

Rep. Elizabeth Coggs

Sen. Randy Hopper

Sen. Spencer Coggs

Rep. Andre Jacque

Sen. Glenn Grothman

Sen. Dale Schultz

Rep. Al Ott

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).

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