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Gov. Walker touting policies have save $1B+ for taxpayers


MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says his policies have saved over a billion-dollars for Wisconsin taxpayers.

The vast majority comes from last year’s Republican laws which made public workers pay more toward their pensions and health insurance – and the law that virtually ended most public union bargaining.

The Republican Walker issued a list of his savings in a statement – but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported today that not all of what the governor listed could be verified.

For example, the governor listed $300 million which came from making local government employees pay certain amounts toward their health care.

The Journal Sentinel said some local governments were already making their employees pay that much anyway, before his law that mandated it statewide.

The exact total of the new savings could not be verified. Also, Walker listed $226 million in savings after state employees were forced to pay higher pension costs and health premiums.

But the paper said $41 million of the savings went to federal taxpayers throughout the country, not just those in Wisconsin.