AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he hopes his reforms in Wisconsin will help his state challenge Texas as the best place to do business in the country.
Walker promoted his initiatives at a conservative forum in Texas. The governor triggered a firestorm last year when he introduced a bill that stripped most public workers of almost all their collective bargaining rights. He now faces a recall.
About 50 protesters gathered outside the hotel where Walker spoke, many from unions who oppose him.
A spokeswoman for Walker said he would also meet with potential campaign donors while in Texas. He has so far raised more than $250,000 in the state.
The forum is sponsored by the non-profit Texas Public Policy Foundation and is intended to promote conservative positions in state government.
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