Statements about State Budget

As Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney used a line-item veto to cut "millions of dollars for firefighting equipment," including firefighters' "coats, pants, helmets and boots."

"Minnesota has passed and Indiana has passed" right to work laws making union membership and dues optional

Says Gov. Scott Walker made "draconian cuts" to public safety budgets that put police officers at "greater risk of harm."

To help balance the 2011-13 budget, Gov. Scott Walker used "a credit card" approach that "pushed over $500 million in debt onto our children and our grandchildren" costing state taxpayers "more than $150 million in interest."

Thanks to our policies, "for the first time in state history, we have put millions of dollars into our rainy day fund in consecutive years."

"While Act 10 allowed (Milwaukee County) to save some money, it was millions short of what we needed to fill the hole left by the $28 million cut in state aid."

The salaries of Wisconsin’s best-educated public school teachers were "slashed" by Gov. Scott Walker through a recent administrative rule change.

Says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget "calls for raising property taxes by nearly $500 billion."

"We gave every public employee in the state the freedom to choose whether or not they want to be in a union."

Says gubernatorial recall candidate Tom Barrett supported passage of Gov. Scott Walker’s bill stripping collective bargaining of state employees.

Says Gov. Scott Walker "didn’t balance the budget" so "we now have a larger state deficit 14 months into (his) term than we did when he was elected."

Says Gov. Scott Walker cut aid to local schools despite campaigning on trying to restore two-thirds state funding for education

Says Gov. Scott Walker is "openly" backing a move to abolish the state retirement system and convert it to a 401(k)-style plan that will reduce pensions "by at least a third" for current and retired public employees  

Says Scott Walker enacted "the biggest cuts to education in our state’s history."

As Dane County executive, Kathleen Falk raised property taxes by "millions of dollars every year" and approved the second highest increase in the state in 2010.

Says that as Wisconsin governor he "never raised taxes."

Says Gov. Scott Walker "made more than $70 million in cuts to job training programs through (Wisconsin’s) technical colleges."

"We wiped out a $3.6 billion deficit without raising taxes."

Says Wisconsin Democrats during the previous administration adopted "double-digit tax increases."

"Mayor Barrett saved Milwaukee $25 million, thanks to Gov. Walker’s reforms."

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