Office of the Governor
Monday, February 28, 2011
Statement in Response to President Obamaâ€™s Misunderstanding Madisonâ€“ Today President Obama again weighed in against Governor Walkerâ€™s proposal to balance the stateâ€™s budget deficit by having state government workers contribute a modest amount toward their own pensions and pay 12.6 percent toward their healthcare premiums.
In response to the Presidentâ€™s comments, the Governorâ€™s Press Secretary Cullen Werwie issued the following statement:
Iâ€™m sure the President knows that most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits while our plan allows it for base pay. And Iâ€™m sure the President knows that the average federal worker pays twice as much for health insurance as what we are asking for in Wisconsin. At least I would hope he knows these facts.
Furthermore, Iâ€™m sure the President knows that we have repeatedly praised the more than 300,000 government workers who come to work every day in Wisconsin.
Iâ€™m sure that President Obama simply misunderstands the issues in Wisconsin, and isnâ€™t acting like the union bosses in saying one thing and doing another.
(A tip â€?o the hat to Ronbo at The Freedom Fighterâ€™s Journal.)