ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) – Republican governors from across the country have gathered in Orlando for their annual conference.
During a Monday night reception Gov. Rick Scott said voters who backed President-Elect Donald Trump want “disruptive change.”
Scott in his speech called for a complete repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul “before it’s too late.”
Republican governors also want sweeping changes to Medicaid, education and transportation. Some GOP leaders want to change Medicaid, the safety net health care program for the poor, into a federal block grant program that gives states more control.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who will become RGA chairman, has said the victory of Trump will give Republican governors a chance to push their wish lists.
Trump owes no governor more than Walker, the onetime rival for the GOP presidential nomination who ended up endorsing the billionaire and whose state had been thought to be a Democratic firewall. But for the first time since 1984, Wisconsin voted for a Republican last week.
Walker said Tuesday that Trump’s election elevates “the possibilities in terms of what we can do to take power out of Washington and send it back to the states.” More importantly, he said on MSNBC, “back to the people.”
What the people can agree on as a top post-election priority is fixing the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure, according to a survey at the end of the election. Clinton and Trump voters polled on 13 issues after the election agreed on two problem areas — drug addiction and crumbling infrastructure in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center.
Walker said the federal government’s focus should be on “fixing and maintaining our existing infrastructure” not “grandiose” high speed rail lines, for example.
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