Statements about State Budget
The 2013-’15 state budget backed by Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers "left our technical colleges funded at 1989 levels."
"We’ve used (generally accepted accounting principles) here in this building the last two years."
"The Kenosha casino would be one of the state’s largest employers and pay more to the state than any other company or Tribe – essentially, it would be Wisconsin’s biggest taxpayer."
Says Gov. Scott Walker "hasn't done a public event this entire year."
Because of Gov. Scott Walker’s budgeting, a greater percentage of general fund tax dollars is "going to pay off debt than ever before in our history."
"I’ve got the spending down, I’ve got the debt down a little bit, I’ve got the reserves up."
Wisconsin’s criminal threshold for drunken-driving is "way out of line" with "states surrounding us," which "have the second offense as a felony."
Says President Franklin Delano Roosevelt "felt there wasn’t a need in the public sector to have collective bargaining because the government is the people."
The Republican-authored state budget includes a provision "forcing people earning as little as $12,000 to buy private health insurance that could cost them as much as $4,000 per year."
A private school tax break in the Wisconsin state budget is "the most generous in the nation."
Under Republican-backed state budget, the state education agency estimates expansion of Wisconsin’s school voucher program "could cost nearly $2 billion annually"
A monthly "police and fire protection fee" on all Wisconsin phone bills does nothing to support police and fire.
Wisconsin is "not walking away from a dime" in federal funds by rejecting the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
University of Wisconsin System's reserves are in the "mid- to low-range" of comparable university systems.
"Demand for public transportation is reaching record levels in Wisconsin."
"In 2012, 1 in 4 Wisconsin schools had a subpar score on the Department of Public Instruction’s recent report cards" and are "failing" the children they serve.
"The vast majority of our public school students are receiving less state support than their private voucher peers."
Says that even if his budget is adopted, private schools in the choice program would be getting about half the per-pupil funds that public schools receive
"In Wisconsin, only half of all the adults with serious psychological distress received mental health treatment or medication."
Under Gov. Scott Walker’s public-school budgets, "a student entering kindergarten will not enjoy the same state investment in his or her education as those that came before them until they are graduating from high school."
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