MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says an improved budget forecast for Wisconsin doesn’t change his position that state workers should be forced to pay more for health insurance and pension benefits.
Walker said Wednesday he also doesn’t think the additional $636 million in revenue expected to come into the state over the next two years should be used to reduce more than $1 billion in cuts he proposed to schools and local governments.
Instead, Walker said the money should be used to pay down the state’s debt. He said he will work with Republican legislative leaders on what can be done with any money left over, but Walker said he doesn’t intend to reverse position on restricting collective bargaining rights.
That law remains in limbo pending a court challenge.