Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a GOP presidential hopeful, is visiting Minnesota to announce his “alternative plan” for Obamacare.
DFL Chairman Ken Martin said it’s interesting that Walker is choosing Minnesota, a state where 95 percent of residents now have health insurance with some of the lowest premium rates thanks to Obamacare, to talk about how he would change this successful program.
“You don’t need a crystal ball to see where this is going,” Martin said. “Speaking out against a Democratic program having a positive impact is Walker’s way of endearing himself to the Koch Brothers and other deep-pocket supporters at the expense of the middle- and working-class.”
And it’s not just Walker’s stance on healthcare voters should pay attention to. Overall, Walker has failed Wisconsin while Minnesota remains the shining star of the north.
- Gov. Mark Dayton turned a $5 billion budget deficit into a more than $1 billion budget surplus in just one term, while Walker is still facing a $2 billion budget deficit.
- Minnesota has a 3.7 unemployment rate and the highest economic confidence in the country, while Wisconsin has the worst job growth in the region.
- Dayton has increased the minimum wage and created jobs in a thriving economy, Walker has reduced taxes for the wealthy and ballooned Wisconsin’s deficit while making massive cuts to education.
“Minnesota and Wisconsin are very similar, yet Minnesota clearly bests Wisconsin in economic measures of employment and fiscal well-being,” Martin said. “Walker has no wiggle room and no case for excuses: Wisconsin is failing under his leadership.
“How can anyone look at Walker’s track record as a governor and think that’s the person they want leading our nation?”
Martin said he invites Walker to visit again because it gives the Minnesota DFL a chance to talk about how great our state is doing compared to Wisconsin and how this contrast makes the case for a progressive-led government.
“He’ll never tire of talking about how his ‘reforms’ could work in Minnesota,” Martin said. “But we see right through him and we won’t tire of talking about what his reforms really mean: giving millionaires and billionaires tax cuts while slashing education and refusing to invest in healthcare does not build a better state. Hopefully primary voters will see this too and take a walk on Walker.”