Gov. Walker explains reasoning for not implementing healthcare reform law
MILWAUKEE- Governor Walker is giving more explanation behind his reasoning to not implement the federal healthcare law.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the central part of the federal law last week.
States are required to act by January 1, 2013. Walker disagrees with the law and is holding out for Republican victories later this year -- and an effort to overturn the law.
"People don't think a massive tax increase in a tough economic time like this is the answer," said Walker to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure. "The only way to resolve that is the November election."
If the Republicans don't win in November and the law isn't overturned, Walker said he will take the time and resources to determine what they should do next.
Walker recently told TODAY'S TMJ4 that small businesses have contacted him about concerns relating to the healthcare law.
Walker also commented on the news that broke Monday -- as unofficial recount results showed Democrat John Lehman defeating Republican Van Wanggaard in the Senate District 21 recall race.
The result would give Senate Democrats a 17-16 majority.
John Mercure asked Governor Walker if this result has any impact at this point.
"No," said the Republican governor.
He added that the only way for that Democratic majority to matter is if a special or emergency session is called before the November elections.
"I would only consider going to a special session if I though there was broad consensus among all four caucuses -- Democrat, Republican, Assembly, Senate," said Walker. "We're gonna spend the summer working with lawmakers, most importantly with stakeholders across the state of Wisconsin on jobs issues."
Walker said education, mining, venture capital for start up business were other topics he plans on addressing with lawmakers over the summer.