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today on face the nation washington and how it looks from outside the belt way on this july 4 weekend washington remains in gridlock. so we're checking in with four elected officials from around the country. massachusetts democratic governor deval patrick, wisconsin's republican governor scott walker, ohio's republican governor john kasich, and los angeles democratic mayor antonio villaraigosa. what is the impact with the washington impasse in their states? what will be the impact out in the country if the president and congress are unable to reach a deal to raise the debt limit? it's all next on "face the nation."
captioning sponsored by cbs "face the nation" with cbs news chief washington correspondent bob schieffer. and now from washington, bob schieffer. >> schieffer: good morning again. welcome to "face the nation" on this fourth of july weekend. governor patrick is in rockport, massachusetts. ohio governor governor john kasich is in massachusetts. republican governor scott walker joins us from his state capital in madison and los angeles mayor antonio villaraigosa is out at the aspen ideas festival in aspen, colorado. i want to thank all of you for being with us on this holiday weekend. governor kasich, i'm going to start with you. you were a part of that foursome two weeks ago along with the president, speaker boehner, vice president biden. people thought that get-together that bipartisan foursome might begin a sign of cooling off here in washington.
but it seems to me that things are worse than ever. what do you think has happened? did somebody get mad at somebody out on the golf course? >> i think it's too early to conclude that, bob. look, i mean the purpose is to get republicans and democrats together in washington. i was there when we did it. i was one of the architects of the balanced budget in '7. we've lost a lot of that ability to talk to one another as people. i think it was a very good thing that we were able to do it. i sat there as a guy that faceded an $8 billion hole here in ohio. we had tremendous unemployment. we've been able to move forward and get our job done: balancing our budget, cutting taxes, more accountability and choice in education. we fixed medicaid not by chopping people off but by doing things like letting mom and dad stay at home rather than go into the nursing home. giving coordinated care to people who have mental illness, who need to be coordinated. we've all reached down here in ohio, looked our problems
square in the eye and we have solved them. we're now beginning to see some really good things happen. in fact ohio has jumped 11 places in terms of economic growth. i'll tell you what i told them though, bob, at the end of it. i said none of us real he'll belong at this table. we've all been blessed by the good lord to have an opportunity to lead and none of us want to blow that opportunity. they all heard it. they all agreed with it. let's see how this all unfolds. >> schieffer: well, i have to say-- and i take your point on some of the things you've done because a lot of people say it's miraculous that you've got your budget done. but in order to do i, you had to cut deeply into education. governor walker up in wisconsin, he had to do the same thing when he got his budget done. i guess, governor walker, i would ask you, is that going to be the wave of the future is to just cut deeply into education? it seems to be the thing that gets cut first now? >> well i think we're going to have to make strong structural changes. in our state more than half of
our budget general fund goes to education and to local governments. but i think you'll find with this panel and other governors and mayors across the country democrat and republican alike we're making structural changes having the courage to make those changes unlike what they're doing in washington. in our case much like john just talked about we took a $3.6 bill qlon deficit and turned it into a $300 million surplus. the good news, bob, for your education about education, we passed reforms that give our schools and our local governments the tools to more than offset. a good example this week. a school district just outside of green bay, wisconsin, home by the way of the world champion super bowl green bay packers but that school district took our savings, was able to not raise their property taxes and looking ahead to the next school year because of the reforms we gave them will actually add more teachers, lower the classroom size, set money aside for merit pay because now they can pay for performance and hire and fire base on merit. those are things we promised. those are things we're doing. we're doing in states not just
like wisconsin. we're doing it in jurisdictions all across the country because we have to unlike washington. >> schieffer: let me go next.... >> bob, remember.... >> schieffer: hold on just a second, mr. kasich. let me go next to governor patrick. your legislature has just sent you a budget that i have to say looks a lot more republican than democrat. in massachusetts of all places. it limits bargaining rights of state workers. there are deep cuts in the programs for the poor. no tax increases. i guess for the benefit of the reporters for massachusetts and the people up there watching this morning, are you going to sign this budget, governor? >> well, there's a lot to like in this budget because it follows my own budget proposals. it's not correct though that the reforms that we have pursued and pursued successfully in municipal health care just like in transportation or education, we have had labor at the table. they have a significant and meaningful role because that's a value choice we've made. we've also just like my colleagues on the show and my
colleagues around the country had to make deep cuts in a whole host of programs in order to balance our budget. but those reforms and also investments in the things we know make a difference, in education, in health care, in job creation, in infrastructure, are the reasons that we're growing jobs faster than 46 other states. our state g.d.p. is growing twice as fast as the national g.d.p., and our unemployment rate is well below the national average. we are one of only three states in the nation with a positive fiscal outlook. we've taken a very balanced approach. very much like the balanced approach that the president has proposed at the national level. >> schieffer: did you tell me you are going to sign that or are you not going to sign it? >> municipal hlt care. remember that's a feature that i filed initially. that's an initiative that we starteded. we're still working to get it right. we're still reviewing it. but i will say this. whether it's in municipal
health care, whether it's in health care generally we'll be working on getting system costs down which is the big fight here. whether it's in education reform or transportation reform or pension reform. we have brought lab tore the table. they've been a part of the solution and i think thank them for that. >> schieffer: i must apologize. the sound dropped out. did you tell me you are going to sign it or not? >> i've got... can you hear me now, bob. >> schieffer: yes, i can. >> i've got about ten days to review the whole budget. you're asking i think in particular about the municipal health care part of it. it has come a long way toward what i want. i think there are a couple of parts of it i want to look at it more closely before i make a final decision. the broader point i was making, bob, is that for all of the reforms we have been doing, many of them like what my colleagues and other states have been doing, taking this opportunity to make government work better and focus more on the people served. we've had labor at the table. they've been a great part of it. >> schieffer: all right.
let me go to the mayor. mr. mayor, you're not in charge of state budgets obviously but you are in charge of a pretty good sized budget out there in los angeles. you had to make draconian cuts yourself. you have cut down on the number of fire stations, cut down on ambulance service. do you feel good about that? i mean, is that what government is supposed to be doing here? >> well, i feel good about the fact that over the last three in the toughest financial crisis in our city's history since the depression, we've been able to balance our budget. we've had to cut services. we've also had to find efficiencies in city government. but we've been able to keep for the most part fire and police whole. while we have made some cuts we've done it in a way that really protects the public safety because we're being more efficient in how we allocate those resources. i'll just say this. look, first and foremost, we have a duty to the tax payers
of our city to balance a budget. to live within our means. while at the same time protect services. we've done that in l.a. as a example we've had to restructure our pension system. we've asked our employees working with them across the table, working with our unions, we've had them contribute about 40% more for their pensions to make them more sustainable going into the future. we didn't do this because we wanted to do it. it wasn't an ideological position. it was a financial one. we made the case that going into the future, we were going to have tighten our belt and trim services so that we can be on a sound financial footing. i think in cities and states, you're seeing a lot less of the polarization, the ideological warfare that you see in the belt way. really solving problems. i like to say elect legislators to talk. they elect mayors and
governors to act. >> schieffer: do you think, mr. mayor, that washington is paying enough attention to the cities and the states? >> i think washington has its head in the sand. we're dithering with default on the verge of frankly jeopardizing the full faith and credit of the united states of america. because democrats won't address entitlements, medicare and social security and republicans don't want to talk about revenues or defense spending. the fact is we've got to do all of that. i think simpson bowles lays a template for what we need to do. you don't have to agree with everything in it. the fact of the matter is a mayor or a governor understands that you've got to find that middle course. you can't avoid your responsibility of balancing the budget. in this case they ought to submit their resignations frankly if they put us in a
situation where we're in default. >> schieffer: what about that, governor kasich, how is this going to impact your folks out there in ohio if we come to this impasse and we can't find a way to raise the debt limit? >> i think, bob, they will get an agreement. but let me just tell you in '97 i was one of the architects of the last time we balanced the budget. when we did i, we had unparalleled economic growth. that's exactly what we're doing in ohio to try to control our own destiny. the things that i have done in our budget, including giving local governments the tools to cope with less funds, are all designed to create jobs. it's not ideological. you know, what we have to focus on, you know, the mayor of l.a., scott walker in wisconsin, deval patrick, talking about economic growth in massachusetts, we have to do things that create jobs and give people hope. we were $8 billion in the hole. i told the legislature if we do some tax cuts it's designed to provide economic growth, we need to control our spending. we can't kick the can down the
road. i was involved in '97 when we got it done. we got it done in ohio. it's a matter of stripping out the politics looking the problem square in the eye and coming up with innovative ways to fix it. i'll give you one example. we put 12,000 people a year in our prisons here who were in prison for less than a year. next to sometimes murderers and rapists. we've changed sentencing reform so we treat them in a more community setting. it makes the people that come out better and it also saves us a ton of money. it's not just cutting. it's reforming and designing. >> schieffer: i take your point. there are three other people on the broadcast here, governor. governor walker, how do you feel about this whole idea of the debt limit here? do you think it ought to be raised? do you think congress is going to find a way to do it? >> well, i think they need to make some long-term structural changes. part of the benefit that each of the four of us are talking about is not just balancing our budget but doing it in a way that provides structural reform for generations to
come. all too often in washington, they're thinking about the next election. we need to think about the next generation and not just the next election. in our case if they don't deal with this issue it will have a negative impact on the economy that will fall over into our states and cities. we've seen 26,000 new jobs in the first five months of this year. and we started to slow a little bit in may. kmifs said it was largely because of the fact that the federal government has been failing to act. it's been weighing down the successes that we've had in each of our respective jurisdictions. we need to have a federal government that works together. that gets the job done. i think if they fail to do something in response to this debt setting limit to structurally change where they're headed we're in real trouble with the economy. we can turn it around state by state and jurisdiction by jurisdiction but we need a federal government that's competent. right now there's not a lot of courage in the belt way. we need it. we see it in our states. we see it in our cities. we need to have it in washington. >> schieffer: quickly to.... >> bob.... >> schieffer: to governor
patrick. governor, some of the washington republicans have been saying that these are just scare tactics that are being thrown up about the necessity to raise the debt limit. that not what we're hearing from the republicans on this broadcast this morning but what is your take on that? >> well, it's not what we're hearing from economists across the political spectrum. it's not what we're hearing from the financial and investment sectors. full and faith credit of the most important and the largest and most prosperous economy in the world is important. and the notion that playing bringsmanship with it as some in the hard right seem to want to do in washington is irresponsible. i think that governor kasich is right when he says that there's a great opportunity here to use this crisis, to do some things differently. that's what we've been doing in massachusetts making a difference but that balanced approach, the notion that we have to have significant cuts in spending programs as the
president has put on the table but also real revenue reform here so that we are investing in things. that bring us that growth. education. infrastructure which must be rebuilt. and innovation industries which are the future. has the way we have struck a balance in massachusetts. that's why we're leading economically. that's a formula that can work nationally as well. >> schieffer: we're going to take a break here. we'll come back. there obviously is a lot more to talk about here in just a minute. 66% of new products have some kind of intelligence built in... refrigerators order groceries from the store. washing machines run when energy prices are lowest... and dryers call for service before they break down. air conditioners respond to local weather reports. software gives businesses new ways to connect to customers. by making things smarter, life gets better. that's what i'm working on. i'm an ibmer. i'm an ibmer. i'm an ibmer.
let's build a smarter planet. all right. we're back with our mayor and our three governors. mr. mayor i want to start with you this time around. let's talk poll politics. this economy is pretty bad. everybody agrees with that. do you think the president will be vulnerable if he does not get something going here if we don't get more people back to work?
>> i think everybody is going to be vulnerable if we don't get people back to work. i think we all have to be accountable. the president, the congress, governors and mayors. i can tell you that here in the city our number one priority is jobs, jobs, jobs. we have to put people back to work. we put a plan in los angeles to accelerate an investment that we're making, a $40 billion investment in a ten-year period of time to double the rail system here. we want to partner with the federal government. in a way that leverages local investment, doesn't cost the federal government much because we pay back the loan. there are innovative things that we could do to put people back to work. i think we all, democrats and republicans, need to figure that out. i think the president has been making a very important effort in that direction when he talks about making investments and infrastructure, putting
people back to work by investing in r&d. i think we have to remember that education is critical. while we've all had to cut services, we have to understand that in an economy based on intellectual capital, we have to compete in science and math and engineering. so we've got to focus on those things to put people back to work. work force training should be an area where all of us agree that we've got to put displaced workers in jobs where the economy is growing and give them the skills to do that. i think the president wants to do that. i think there are people on both sides of the aisle, but as i said they're dithering right now. democrats and republicans need to figure this out because the people expect them to do that. that's their job. it would be political malpractice not to balance this budget and raise the debt limit. >> schieffer: governor walker, let me ask you about that and what impact you think this economy is going to have on the next election.
you put in these reforms. you've passeded this budget. but your popularity has not been helped by that. it's gone down instead of going up. it's not very popular with a lot of independent voters. how do you see 2012 shaping up? >> again, i think it's important for us in wisconsin just as it is across the country again as i mentioned before to think about the next generation than just the next election. but i do believe every week, every month that goes by people see the benefit. they see the scare tactics didn't work. they see we have a balanced budget. that freezes property tacks for the next two years. they see when my kids go back to their public school this fall that their schools will be the same or in many cases better. because there will be more money because of those reforms to hire more teachers, to put more teachers in the classroom to lower the classroom size. they see all the scare tactics haven't worked. i think that will be successful. in the larger context you asked the mayor and i agree. jobs will be the issue. there's no doubt about it. i just got an email recently from a woman named tina in
wisconsin. she and her husband have two kids a third on the way. her husband lost his job last year. she was encouraging me to balance the budget and continue with our pro job agenda because she's hopeful her husband can get a job that can put food on the table for them again. we hear that all across the state. i think in 2012 that will be the issue not if wall street recovers but if main street recovers and most importantly if the street you live on, if you're seeing recovery, that will make a difference for anybody on the ballot in 2012. >> schieffer: governor kasich, ohio is always important in any presidential election. do you think this president is going to be a one-term president because i look at these polls and they show that the republicans are not very enthusiastic about the people who are running for the republican nomination right now. >> bob, you know, i mean, i think i'm not a predictor here. i think it will be a tight, close election because of the economic problems. but, bob, here's the thing that people need to realize or
politicians need to realize. at the end of the day you look yourself in the mirror and you say to yourself did i do what was right for families and for children? if i paid a political price, so what? i mean, there's too much posturing. there's too much thinking about your party, yourself. it cannot be ideological. you think about this. $13 trillion national debt. i've got 11-year-old daughters. i'm worried about them. the people in washington have got to put aside, you know, these... all this political consideration and start thinking about how they're going to feel about themselves when they leave. when i left washington, i felt good about my service. i took some hits because of what i've done. i've taken hits out here in ohio. you know what? when i wake up in the morning and i realize that... when i think that my motives are right in terms of lifting people, that's what you have to do. that's what the great leaders that i've studied have done.
bob, i think they will get through this crisis. they will raise the debt ceiling. the question is do they get a big deal or a little deal? i'll tell you something. i just hope that they can work the big deal because it will lift the country. it will lift my state. in the meantime we're going to do everything we can out here to determine our own destiny. we are begin to go win. >> schieffer: all right. governor patrick, i'll let you have the final word here this morning. how do you see this next election shaping up is. >> you know, it's interesting. at least in the way we talk about it i don't think there's a lot of difference among those of us on the show. i don't think polls or economic indicators decide elections. people do. people want to know that their government sees them, that they're worried about them, that we're serving every day for them. that means not just cutting programs and doing the sort of abstract policies we've been talking aboutment it's about making investments that are going to help them help
themselves. the president has taken that balanced approach. if the congress will work with him then our best days are ahead. >> schieffer: gentlemen, i want to thank all of you for being with us this morning. a very interesting discussion on this fourth of july. i must say. i'll be back with some thoughts of my own. in a minute. [ male announcer ] this is larry... whose long day starts with arthritis pain... and a choice. take tylenol arthritis
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