Is Wisconsin recall a referendum on public sector unions?
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch weighs in
- Duration 3:35
- Date Jun 3, 2012
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch weighs in
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Tuesday's recall election is the most expensive in Wisconsin history.
Candidates an independent groups are spending more than 63 million dollars some -- the -- -- a referendum on the future of public sector unions.
Republican governor Scott Walker has an edge but this race is too close to call Wisconsin's Republican lieutenant governor.
Rebecca clay -- is also facing a recall talents from Madison firefighter.
Mainland Mitchell she joins us now live from Milwaukee lieutenant governor thank you for your time today.
Well thanks for having me Shannon.
All right what do you make of this sad this is the second round of recalls that Wisconsin's undergoing it's not an inexpensive process but folks on the other side of the ticket from you say.
They're concerned about the amount of outside money that's pouring into the state race.
Well I think what the voters are concerned about right now is that fact that this is costing -- that taxpayers -- working families in this state.
Between sixteen and twenty million dollars -- put this all on the again you know the fear is if we are to go down in defeat on Tuesday.
Are we going to CN nationwide.
Arcade game of a recall hidden ball.
Plug -- sixteen million dollars and you get to exact political revenge.
On folks you disagree -- folks who would stand up to special interests just as we have here in Wisconsin.
Well now I know that you and Governor Walker actually on separate ballots -- mean it's not a teen ticket here that -- running against but I know that you were supportive but his policies in the decisions he's made.
So -- give you a chance to respond to some of the criticism from Milwaukee mayor a Tom Barrett he says that growth in -- actually lagged behind other states in the region.
And that you have the deepest education cuts in state history how to respond.
Well I'll tell you the mayor of Milwaukee is is throwing stones right now because.
He's got a desperate campaign in these final hours they -- in the throes of desperation.
And when you take a look at our job numbers.
They are a victory for all of Wisconsin.
Of our job creators right now today Shannon say that they are poised to create jobs in 2012 but the number one thing that's holding them back.
-- this recall election.
Job creators need certainty stability predictability.
In a word a feel comfortable.
Taking -- Dallas added a bank and putting it into their workforce hiring more -- And number one way.
You did that stability to -- predictability.
Is when you have off financially responsible budget.
Like what we have laid here in Wisconsin we have three point six billion dollar budget deficit we did a budget here.
With out raising taxes.
If you want to talk about the upper mid last.
That is remarkably responsible when you compare us to our neighbors to the south -- why -- raise taxes 46 and 67%.
Still have eighty billion dollars in unfunded pension liability while we -- a fully funded retirement system here.
And they're looking at mass public employee layoffs.
We didn't lay off public employees in Wisconsin because that doesn't help workers -- there.
What helps workers is doing a budget within your means and not raising taxes so yeah lay the foundation the ground work for economic growth.
And that's exactly what we're seeing a Wisconsin -- creating jobs together and starting on June 6 were hoping to see that employment section in the newspaper.
Grow by inches.
All right Wisconsin lieutenant governor Rebecca clay it's thank you for your time and that will be watching as it goes down to learn Tuesday.