Is Governor Scott Walker gearing up for another round?

If writing the book taught me anything, it was finally understanding the chronology of Act 10. How it was introduced. How the concept was stealth until it was in the legislature.

I know our governor has publicly proclaimed he wants a little peace, love, and understanding for our state. I also know he’s freaking just a little bit over the lack of jobs creation.

Check the calendar. It’s that time of year. And here’s a prediction I haven’t seen anyone else make: We’re going to be looking at right to work.

Especially since he said we would not. Especially since there seems to be jackpooey on the legislative calendar. Especially since he wants the mining bill put through.

Jobs, jobs, jobs, right to work, jobs.

That only happens if Scott Walker and his Republican allies in both the Assembly and the Senate finish what they started.


I visit with a number of different people to find content for this blog. One of them had some particularly clever insights for me today. He’d expect a rewrite of the workman’s compensation laws through this next budget. He also said it would be helpful if Walker followed through on his plan to remove duplicate organizations and laws. His example was that equal rights was entirely duplicated by EEOC and thus the laws and those tied to the administration of equal rights could go without any change to the outcome.

Streamlining the laws of employment will help with the Governor’s jobs goal.


We should start hearing about Walker’s State of the State address soon, it’s scheduled for Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. There were nuances in the 2011 version that predicted the legislative changes for Act 10 and the subsequent budget Act 32. (Read the book!) I suspect we should be listening very carefully.


  1. All very interesting. If I were a betting man, I’d say Gov. Walker does not want to push Right to Work legislation during the new session. However, that being said, I’m sure the politicos in Madison are gauging the fall out from what happened in Michigan last month. Additionally, I am sure there are conservative elements in the state legislature that are eager to begin circulating a Right to Work bill for co-sponsorship. If that happens, this could take on a life of its own and Gov. Walker will find himself between a Koch and a hard place.

  2. deaninwaukesha says:

    I would think they would be all tired out after the last bout with unions, but politics makes strange turns…

    The jobs promise was a little crazy considering the economy at the time, but maybe he thought we’d pull out of this mire faster. And in Jan. 2010, correct me if I’m reading the data wrong, there were only a tad over 283,000 unemployed…

  3. deaninwaukesha says:

    Well, I am looking at the wrong date. :/ I’ll blame my cold. Jan., 2011 – 236,000+.


  4. Bill Kurtz says:

    There are rumors of another proposal in the works that would infuriate labor as much as right to work: Extending the waiting period for unemployment compensation benefits to six weeks. I’ve heard from people who know that this is coming, I wonder when it surfaces.

  5. Hmmm. Maybe we’re looking at this?

    The governor did not release details of his proposal, but his office released a statement confirming that the taxes are targets of a broader tax reform plan.

    “Our goal is to eliminate all personal income tax and all corporate income tax in a revenue neutral manner,” Jindal said in the statement.

    He did not confirm reports that he will seek an increase in sales taxes in order to offset lost income tax revenue, but said: “We want to keep the sales tax as low and flat as possible.”

    Political analyst John Maginnis, who on Thursday reported in his email newsletter LaPolitics Weekly that Jindal will propose balancing the tax loss by raising the sales tax, now at 4 percent, said the strategy fits with the governor’s interest in keeping a high national profile.

    Sales taxes are very regressive. It would freak a bunch of folks out in a big way.

    Remember, anything goes in today’s R/R/R Wisconsin.

  6. Walker will use this next biennium to position himself for 2016 Pres. Pitting creators against workers won’t cut it. Streamlining can be successful, if only for its minimal relevance to job creation, but good to create his bipartisan bona fides. If he’s smart he uses the next 2 years to build a moderate image of a strong midwest governor who can work with the opposition.

  7. Listen, with Jindal’s most recent move, there’s no doubt they are running already.

  8. Excerpts from tonight’s speech: