1. Repeal of Equal Pay for Women
In April, Scott Walker signed SB 202, which effectively repealed an equal pay law that has protected women from pay discrimination since 2009.
2. Anti-Abortion Laws
Speaking of the war on women, three days after repealing the equal pay law, Scott Walker signed three anti-abortion bills into law.
3. Relationship with Koch Brothers
Working closely with Koch funded group Americans for Prosperity, Walker has gutted Wisconsin’s labor unions, killing collective bargaining, and supporting bills that kill environmental legislation. The Kochs have poured millions of dollars into Wisconsin to keep Walker from being recalled.
4. Wisconsin’s Terrible Jobs Record
Dead last. That defines Walker’s record on jobs. In his second year as Governor, Wisconsin lost over 20,000 jobs. That’s way worse than the second worst jobs record in the nation.
5. Union Busting
Walker signed a bill in March 2011 that ended most union rights in the state of Wisconsin, including the right to collectively bargain for pay and benefits. Under the law, police, firefighters, teachers, nurses, and many other public employees will no longer get to negotiate their pay. In a damning caught on tape moment, Walker described to big campaign donor Diane Hendricks how he was going to turn Wisconsin into a ‘right to work for less’ state.
“Well, we’re going to start in a couple weeks with our budget adjustment bill. The first step is we’re going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions, because you use divide and conquer.”
6. Killed High Speed Rail Funding
Upon winning election in 2010, Scott Walker vowed to kill high speed rail funding. And he did exactly that. Walker gave back over $800 million in federal assistance to build a high-speed train between Milwaukee and Madison, which cost the people of Wisconsin thousands of jobs.
7. Signed the Grover Norquist Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Grover Norquist has this anti-tax pledge that he gets Republicans to sign, forcing them to promise that they won’t raise taxes under any circumstance, even if the fiscal health of the nation is at stake. Scott Walker signed it too, signing tax cuts into law that benefit corporations and the wealthy while cutting everything from health care to education.
8. Chris Christie Backs Him
Since Chris Christie (bully-in-chief of New Jersey) has endorsed Scott Walker and supports everything he has done to the people of Wisconsin.
9. Voter Suppression Laws
Wisconsin’s new GOP backed voter suppression laws won’t be in effect during this recall. A judge made sure of that. But the voter ID law will require every person of voting age in Wisconsin to show an ID at the polls before proceeding to vote.
10. Over Half Of Campaign Cash Is From Out-Of-State Sources
Scott Walker has taken in millions of dollars from the Koch brothers and Americans for Prosperity among other outside sources. Because of this out-of-state money and a law that gives a recalled governor the ability to take in unlimited amounts of cash to defeat their opponent and limits the money raising ability of the opponent, Walker has been able to raise and spend $21 million to the Democrat’s $2 million as of May 2012. Two-thirds of Walker’s campaign cash has come from donors outside of Wisconsin.
11. Mitt Romney Endorses Him
Mitt Romney supports Scott Walker. Romney has called for a budget that gut Medicare, Social Security, veteran’s care, food stamps, Medicaid, education, infrastructure and just about any and every program that benefits American citizens.
12. Veterans Funds Scandal
During his time as Milwaukee County Executive and his run for the governorship, Scott Walker’s aides were stealing money out of a Veterans fund that is supposed to be used to help the families of fallen soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq and to help care for wounded vets and their families. Tens of thousands of dollars were stolen and used for personal expenses such as trips to Hawaii.
13. Gutted Public Education Funding To Pay
Scott Walker slashed aid to public schools by almost $800 million to fund his tax cuts for the rich and corporations. It was second biggest cut to education in the country. Money is so tight that many programs such as art and music have had to be scrapped to save cash. That significantly harms the overall education of our kids.
14. War Against The Environment
Wisconsin has always been a caretaker of the environment. During his time as Governor, Walker’s plan to eliminate the recycling program would have cost Wisconsin 97,000 jobs and over $5.4 billion in economic activity. He cost the state thousands of jobs by being hostile towards wind energy companies who wanted to bring wind power to Wisconsin. He tried to let corporations and developers destroy wetlands by attempting to weaken regulations that protect the fragile and extremely important environment. He also made an attempt to weaken anti-pollution rules and is still lax on punishing those who violate pollution laws.
15. Opposes Health Care
Walker has voiced his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, which prevents insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, allows kids to stay on their parent’s insurance until the age of 26, and covers 30 million Americans who don’t have insurance.
As Governor, Walker has eliminated funding for women’s health programs that provide preventive care for over 50,000 women a year. That means less money for things like breast cancer screenings and other services. Walker has also proposed kicking 65,000 people, including nearly 30,000 children, off of BadgerCare, a popular program paid for by Medicaid and created by a former Republican governor.
16. Supports Arizona Immigration Law
“I am disappointed by the federal judge’s ruling to block Arizona’s right to enforce the rule of law without interference from the federal government. As governor, I will sign similar legislation to the Arizona Law to ensure the taxpayers of Wisconsin are not paying for benefits like Badger Care and in state college tuition for people who are here illegally.” ~Scott Walker
17. Tax Breaks For The Rich And Corporations
While demanding sacrifices from the workers of Wisconsin, Walker was busy handing tax breaks to the rich and corporations.
18. Relationship With ALEC
Scott Walker was an active member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) when he was a Wisconsin state legislator in the years from 1993-2002, even listing his ALEC membership in his Wisconsin Blue Book profile.