Statements about State Budget

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."  

Wisconsin state lawmakers worked seven days in 2012 but got "paid for a whole year."

"Thanks to Washington, nearly everyone will pay more in taxes in 2013. Somehow people think it's just the wealthy. It's not."

"Our pension system is the only one in the country that’s 100 percent funded."

"Faculty salaries at UW System institutions have now fallen more than 18 percent below the national average."

"If lawmakers fail to avert the fiscal cliff, 18 percent of the federal money that is sent to the states will be eliminated."

Says state schools superintendent candidate Don Pridemore "voted for the largest cuts to public education in our state history" and for "$2.3 billion in tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy."

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