A reporter for MLive recently sought reactions to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's win in this week's recall election and the impact that could have on Michigan. Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley was among those solicited for comment. Here is what he said:
"I think that one of the lessons to be learned from what happened in Wisconsin last night is that independent voters will support governors who act boldly and strongly to limit spending and to curb the skyrocketing costs of government employee pensions and health care. There's a growing realization in the private sector that government employee union bosses are fighting to keep pension benefits ... never available in the private sector."
Studley said the final margin of victory "wasn't close. ... We saw government employee unions drive the school bus into the ditch. ... We're targeted next. The political agenda here is to stop Gov. Snyder's effort to reinvent Michigan dead in its tracks. ... Part of the challenge unions will have here in Michigan is (Ohio Gov. John) Kasich and Walker are more partisan and more confrontational. Snyder is easy to like."