HARTFORD—Connecticut Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola, Jr. announced today that Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin — the first Governor in American history to win a recall election — will keynote this year’s Prescott Bush Awards Dinner, the CT GOP’s largest annual event.
“I’m excited and honored to have Governor Scott Walker keynoting the 2013 Prescott Bush Awards Dinner. Governor Walker is a bold reformer who has righted the fiscal ship of state in Wisconsin without raising taxes,” State GOP Chair Jerry Labriola said. “As Governor, his efforts have saved Wisconsin taxpayers more than $1 billion, leading to property taxes in Wisconsin declining for the first time in 12 years.
“There is a lesson in Governor Walker’s leadership for Governor Malloy and the Democrats in the Connecticut General Assembly,” Labriola said. “Can you wipe out a massive state deficit without layoffs and without increasing taxes? Yes, you can – Governor Walker did it, and I believe his accomplishments in Wisconsin reflect the kind of changes we need in Connecticut.”
The 35th Annual Prescott Bush Awards Dinner will take place Monday, May 20th from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the Stamford Hilton Hotel.
Background on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker:
Scott was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1993. While there, he authored important pieces of legislation including Truth-in-Sentencing, photo identification requirements to vote, and the elimination of the statute of limitations in sexual assault cases.
In 2002, Scott was elected Milwaukee County Executive to reform the scandal-ridden county government. The scandal rocked Milwaukee County to its core and left taxpayers on the hook for millions in pension obligations.
For eight years as County Executive, Scott faithfully kept his promise to spend taxpayer money as if it were his own. He cut the county’s debt by 30 percent, reduced the county workforce by more than 25 percent, and authored nine consecutive budgets without increasing the property tax levy from the previous year.
On January 3, 2011, Scott Walker was inaugurated as Wisconsin’s 45th Governor.
Since that day, the reforms he proposed have eliminated the state’s $3.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes and gave school districts and local governments the tools to balance their budgets without the massive layoffs seen in other states. To date, these profound changes have saved Wisconsin taxpayers more than $1 billion which led to property taxes on a median valued home to go down for the first time in 12 years.
Governor Walker remains committed to helping Wisconsin’s private sector create 250,000 jobs by 2015. After years of record job loss, Wisconsin has gained jobs during the Walker administration. In an annual survey of job creators, 94 percent said Wisconsin is headed in the right direction — compared to just 10 percent who said the same thing in 2010.
On June 5, 2012, Scott Walker became the first governor in American history to win a recall election. He won the election with more votes and by a higher percentage than he had won in 2010.
"I am honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of the Norwich Bulletin," said Herbst. "Our state is facing financial crisis and for sixteen years the incumbent has been a willing partner in our decline, I appreciate that the Norwich Bulletin agrees it's time for a change."