Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has introduced sensible, long overdue reforms designed to give elected officials more flexibility to provide and deliver vital public services. Program control over important services such as education should be the province of governors and mayors, who are responsible to voters and taxpayers, not public unions whose leaders more often than not have a private agenda that is in direct conflict with popular will.
The governor’s budget message Tuesday demonstrated just how urgent reform is. Public education in Wisconsin is slated for major budget reductions unless long overdue changes to state government are enacted. The changes focus not only on current labor costs but also require long term structural reforms in how the state delivers vital services such as education if Wisconsin is to eliminate its structural deficit and balance its budget.