Thursday, October 3, 2013

Better know a politician: Scott Walker

Name: Scott Walker


Political party: Republican


State: Wisconsin


Current position: Governor


Tenure: 2011-present


Previous position: Milwaukee County Executive, 2002-2010
Member, Wisconsin State Assembly, 1993-2002


Future position: Walker is on the short list for 2016 Republican nominees for the presidential run. But before that, he will run for re-election for Governor of Wisconsin in 2014.


Previous election: Walker was petitioned to be recalled as Governor of Wisconsin in 2012. Walker won the recall election 53%-46%.


2010, Wisconsin Governor
Scott Walker: 52%
Tom Barrett (D): 47%


Polling results:
Wisconsin Governor, Public Policy Polling, September 17, 2013


Approve: 48%
Disapprove: 49%
Not sure: 2%


Scott Walker: 47%
Peter Barca (D): 43%
Not sure: 10%


Scott Walker: 48%
Mary Burke (D): 42%
Not sure: 10%


Scott Walker: 47%
Tom Nelson (D): 40%
Not sure: 12%


Scott Walker: 47%
Kathleen Vinehout (D): 41%
Not sure: 12%


Issues/Positions/Accomplishments

  • Opposes any and all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest
  • Supports abstinence-only sex education in schools
  • Opposes state-supported clinical services that provide birth control
  • Supports the right of pharmacists to refuse to fill contraceptive on religious or moral grounds
  • Supported tax cuts for small businesses
  • Supports capital gains tax to be reduced
  • Supports income tax cuts to the highest earners in Wisconsin
  • Proposed cutting state employee wages and benefits
  • Stated he would refuse $810 million award from the Department of Transportation to build high speed rail from Madison to Milwaukee
  • Proposed the Wisconsin budget repair bill that eliminated collective bargaining rights for public employees
  • Withdrew the state from the domestic partner registry defense giving rights to unmarried same-sex domestic partners
  • Changed the rulemaking process in Wisconsin
  • Signed a voter ID law in Wisconsin
  • Returned grant money, $37.6 million, to set up a health care exchange under the Affordable Care Act
  • Rejected $11 million to improve Medicaid enrollment services
  • Rejected an expansion of Medicaid
  • Reduced eligibility requirements for the state's BadgerCare program
  • Wants to move from assuming people are eligible for Medicaid to real-time eligibility requirements
  • Education reform to test reading level of Kindergarteners
  • Created system to evaluate teachers and principals based on student performance on standardized tests
  • Wants to phase out state tax on retirement benefits
  • Promised to create relocation tax credit for businesses moving to Wisconsin but has not put it in his budget
  • Promised to sign legislation similar to Arizona's immigration law but has reversed his decision on this. He was against it, for it, against it
  • Replaced the Department of Commerce in Wisconsin with an economic development agency
  • Walker promised to create 250,000 new jobs in Wisconsin during his tenure as Governor, he has not accomplished it yet. He has to create 160,000+ jobs in his last 16 months
  • Wanted to lift the nuclear moratorium in Wisconsin

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