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Gov. Walker Admits New Union Rules Don’t Help Budget

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Republicans in the U.S. House invited Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) to testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing today, giving him the stage to explain why attacking workers’ rights and middle class jobs helps fix broken state budgets.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) took advantage of the opportunity to get Walker to admit that several items in his so-called budget repair bill that repealed the right of public employees to bargain for middle class jobs had nothing to do with balancing the state’s budget.

Kucinich repeatedly asked Walker about a requirement that forces workers and unions to hold annual votes to maintain their union, along with other items. “How does that save the state any money?” Walker tried to evade the question, with help from committee chair Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), but finally admitted:

It doesn’t save any [money].

Watch the video here:

Thanks to the AFL-CIO blog for noting the exchange, and to Congressman Kucinich’s office for posting the video.