4th Dist. Candidate Walt Schumm talks Medicare, federal and local budgets and donating to Democrats

03/26/2012 07:12 AM

Walt Schumm, an Oldham County developer and one of the seven Republican 4th congressional district candidates, said he supports the U.S. House Republican budget plan and believes Congress must revamp Medicaid and Medicare in the coming years.

“I think it’s clear that Medicare and Medicaid need to be reformed. We have heard even from the congressional budgeting office that we’re not going to be able to sustain these programs. I think I need more study on that subject,” Schumm said. (7:15)

He says “it makes sense” to raise the retirement age.

Find out what he thinks about building a new Brent Spence Bridge and how he would pay for it (9:00)

Schumm has served as an elected member of the Oldham County School Board since 2003. He voted against a budget in 2010 because it included $2 million in federal grants aimed at funding education jobs. Schumm said at the time and in the interview that he was concerned that taking such money would mean giving up authority to the federal government.

“I fell like when you take money from the federal government, there’s always strings attached. But in public education, that’s where we are today,” he said. “I was making a statement that education is a states’ right issue.”

Schumm describes himself as “fairly conservative.”

He has contributed to Democratic candidates, including $1,000 to Gov. Steve Beshear’s re-election run last year and to Henry County Judge-Executive John Logan Brent. He answers questions about whether those contributions could hurt him in a Republican primary (5:30)

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