Governor Walker Suprises Superior

By KBJR News 1

February 28, 2011 Updated Feb 28, 2011 at 10:32 PM CDT

On the eve of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walkers budget address, the embattled republican made a surprise stop in Superior to sell his controversial budget repair bill.

Governor Walker made a point today to travel to the districts of the missing 14 state senate democrats and it wasn't to beg for them to come home, but rather sell their constituents on his union busting bill.

In a media only event Governor Walker outlined the reasoning behind his budget repair bill.

Time is of the essence for the Governor, if the bill isn't passed by Tuesday at the end of business, the state will lose out on more than one-hundred million dollars in debt restructuring savings contained in the bill.

But it's not the financial aspects that have so many people upset, the bill would also do away with much of the collective bargaining power for public employee unions.

Now local governments and unions are busy trying to head off the governor by extending existing contracts or quickly ratifying new ones.

Superior City Councilor Greg Mertzig is proposing a contract extension for city employees, and he says Governor Walker's bill isn't about money it's about rights.

"Put a line in the sand and show Governor Walker that this is not ok, we are going to treat our working class here in Superior fairly and we're going to allow them to retain these basic rights such as collective bargaining."

However Governor Walker says efforts like those, are part of the reason why he refuses to negotiate on the bill saying actions speak louder than words.

"In the last two weeks we've had local union after local union run to the school board, run to their city council, run to their county run to their local units of government and ram through contracts that include no additional contributions to pensions and no contributions when it comes to health care."

The Superior city council is expected to Vote on the two year contract extension at Tuesday night's council meeting.