Gov. Walker reacts to Dana Wachs' concern over how he spends taxpayer dollars
Eau Claire (WQOW) - In eleven months and one day, Wisconsin voters will decide if Scott Walker gets another term as governor.
In the meantime, he has a lot of campaigning to do, though one of his opponents says state tax payers shouldn't be footing the bill.
Governor Walker toured Wisconsin on Friday and made a stop at North High School in Eau Claire to talk about the state's youth apprenticeship programs. The last time the governor was in the Chippewa Valley, he caused concern for some over the way he chose to traveled to the area.
In December, Walker stopped at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport for a brief press conference about taxes. After about thirty minutes with the media, Walker went to a private campaign fundraiser near Lake Wissota.
Because of that second stop, Dana Wachs, one of the Democrats hoping to unseat Walker in November, accused the governor of using a state, tax-payer funded plane to get him to the private campaign event. On Twitter, Wachs called the decision appalling and inappropriate.
On Friday, News 18 asked Gov. Walker about those accusations.
"(Wachs) is wrong in that. We use the same policy that Jim Doyle did before in terms of reimbursement and what we're reimbursed for," Gov. Walker said. "So, it's no different than what governors have done in the past. If he has an issue then he must have had an issue with Jim Doyle in the past and I don't remember ever hearing that."
News 18 reached out to Dana Wachs after the governor's remarks. Wachs said in a statement:
"Scott Walker is governor not Jim Doyle. Scott Walker's use of the state plane to travel to a campaign event is inexcusable. Wisconsin families are struggling to get ahead while he is treating the state plane as his personal airline."
Governor Walker told News 18, there are very specific requirements about what campaigns have to pay for.