Statements about State Budget

Protesters in La Crosse blocked an exit and surrounded a State Patrol car carrying the governor and were "beating on the windows and rocking the vehicle." When the car was "extricated" from the crowd, a truck blocked a second exit.  

Gov. Scott Walker bought "80 new, brand-new vehicles" for the state that "we probably don’t need."

Even after collective bargaining reforms, most Wisconsin public employees "are still paying about 12 to 13 percent" of their health insurance premiums, while most state residents who work in the private sector "pay 20 to 25 percent."  

"The state budget has actually grown by $4.6 billion under" Gov. Scott Walker’s actions.

"You've seen where we're now going from a $700 million surplus to getting into the next biennium with almost a $750 million deficit."

"The $3.6 billion deficit we inherited has turned into more than a half-billion-dollar surplus."

With a bill bringing $100 million in property tax relief, "the typical Wisconsin homeowner will save approximately $680 over four years."

"The Legislature passed Gov. Walker’s so-called property tax relief bill," but the Republicans "are still raising your property taxes."  

Says Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke "has proven on the Madison Board of Education" that she supports raising taxes and spending.  

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"

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