Well, that was quick — no sooner did a moderate Republican suggest a way to preserve collective bargaining rights for state workers in Wisconsin then did Gov. Scott Walker (R) dismiss it entirely.
In an interview on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown this morning, Walker told host Chuck Todd that there was no way he’d sign on to the plan being floated by state Sen. Dale Schultz (R) to kill collective bargaining for state worker benefits now — but reinstate it in 2013. Walker suggested he’d veto such a scheme, but added that “it will never get to me” thanks to overwhelming GOP support for eliminating collective bargaining. (Democrats and union leaders are reportedly also opposed to the plan, as they are to any bill that touches collective bargaining for worker benefits.)
Walker said that any rumors that some in his party may be ready to break to the union demands and get the AWOL state Democrats back in Madison are greatly exaggerated.“Other than that one state Senator, all the rest of the Republicans, all the other members of majority are firmly behind our proposal, because they recognize what I’ve been saying all along,” Walker said. “You cannot have a short-term fix. what the senator’s talking about is a short-term fix. we’ve done short-term fixes.”
Walker also doubled down on his promise to end collective bargaining, stating that he won’t support any plan that will allow the collective bargaining on benefits to remain.
Watch Walker talk to Todd and say no to compromise in the video below: