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Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin Republican (left), and Gov. Peter Shumlin, Vermont Democrat, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on budget-cutting methods. Mr. Walker defended his "bold political move" to take on collective bargaining agreements while Mr. Shumlin "used maple syrup, not vinegar" to reach a deal. (Bloomberg)

Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin Republican (left), and Gov. Peter Shumlin, Vermont Democrat, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on budget-cutting methods. Mr. Walker defended his "bold political move" to take on collective bargaining agreements while Mr. Shumlin "used maple syrup, not vinegar" to reach a deal. (Bloomberg)

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