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Walker claims $1 billion saved by local governments since his reforms

Walker claims $1 billion saved by local governments since his reforms

By the WTMJ News Team. CREATED Apr 23, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr 23, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is touting what he believes to be successful fiscal reforms as he campaigns to keep his job in the recall race. 

Walker told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Charlie Sykes he's tallied up the savings so far.

"We've now exceeded, through our research, $1 billion in savings," claimed Walker.  "This comes just a week after announcing that the actual numbers showed that property taxes went down in 12 years after...a 43 percent increase."

Walker says he thinks the most powerful weapon he has when responding to the attacks against him is the truth.  He told Sykes the numbers back him up.

"When you see the facts, when you see it wasn't just a prediction that property taxes went down, when you see it's not just a prediction that schools, local governments and state government are saving more than $1 billion, my hope is that people can help us get the truth out to voters all across the state of Wisconsin."

The governor faces a recall election on June 5th, and he awaits a Democratic challenger which will be decided in a primary on May 8th.

Walker said in a statement on Sunday that the figure of $1 billion is "documented through hundreds of media reports, local budgets and surveys of local governments throughout the state."

Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski sent a statement in response to Walker's interview.

"Again, Scott Walker just can't tell the truth. The facts are that property taxes went up while property values went down. The structural deficit is worse than what he inherited. Wisconsin leads the nation in job loss, even while neighboring states like Illinois add jobs. And these "savings?" They have resulted in some 1,500 fewer teachers, larger class sizes and worse outcomes. None of this is good for Wisconsin or our middle class. Walker's inability to tell the truth, coupled with his reckless abuse of power, let alone criminal corruption, are reason enough for his recall."