Governor Walker sworn into office one year ago Tuesday

Governor Walker sworn into office one year ago Tuesday

By Lacey Crisp. CREATED Jan 3, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan 3, 2012

MADISON- Shortly after Scott Walker took over the governor's office, protesters stormed the capitol over Act 10.

The state's unions argued the new Republican governor was trying to bust the unions.  Looking back, Walker claims it needed to be done.

"In a way it's kind of surreal feel for this year in the sense that I knew having been county executive for the county of Milwaukee for 8 years that any time you take on the challenge quo there's going to be some push back. I just had no idea how it would become national," Walker said.

The head of the state Democratic party is calling it an historic "lost year."

"We saw Wisconsin lost jobs at a historic rate, endure historic cuts to health care and education.  We went through a historic year of political division," said Mike Tate.

On the streets of Shorewood, Robin Pluer says if she were grading the governor's first year in office, she would give him, "An "F-."  The collective bargaining law that he passed, which I don't agree with.  I thought it was a really bad idea."

The owner of a chocolate shop in Waukesha says she would give Governor Walker a "B" for his first year in office.

"Maybe the way he went about it maybe he pushed it a little too hard, too soon.  I think he has our state's best interest in mind for sure," said Carrie Igielski, owner of Allo Chocolate.