MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker said Monday it’s “absolutely false” that he’s working on a financial stress test that local governments would have to pass – or else be taken over by the state.
The Republican Walker told Milwaukee radio talk show host Charlie Sykes that nobody on his staff or administration is working on such a plan. That’s after the GOP governor in Michigan, Rick Snyder, signed a similar bill that creates an emergency financial manager for such municipal takeovers.
Rick Ungar, a blogger for Forbes.Com, wrote that Walker is said to be working on having his own financial manager who could, “cancel union contracts, push aside duly-elected local government officials and school board members, and take control of Wisconsin cities and towns whenever he sees fit to do so.”
Ungar said attorneys from Foley and Lardner are writing up the plan – and it’s scheduled to be introduced in the GOP-controlled Legislature in May. The blogger said the Walker plan would give him, “unchallenged power to end municipal services of which he disapproves, including safety net assistance to those in need.”
Ungar wrote that he confirmed his information from political organizer Nate Kimm, whom he called a leader in the effort to recall 8 GOP state senators. Ungar said Kimm would not reveal his source – but it came from a highly-placed Republican source who would know what Walker has in the works.
Ungar said if the reports were true, Wisconsin would try to adopt the Michigan law. He said that state’s emergency financial manager – Joseph Harris – recently issued an order taking away the powers of officials in Benton Harbor Michigan.