MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gov.-elect Scott Walker is renewing his call for state unions to pay more for their health care and pensions, saying it would help the state deal with a budget shortfall.
Walker issued a statement Tuesday morning saying approving the union contracts before he takes office would tie his hands in dealing with an estimated $3.3 billion budget shortfall moving forward. Democrats hope to convene in a lame duck special session as early as next week to approve the no-raise contracts.
Walker cites a Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo that shows this year’s budget could be $150 million short or higher.
He said union concessions could plug that gap.
Walker said he plans to discuss the information during a noontime appearance at the Milwaukee Press Club.