Statements about State Finances
"We’ve used (generally accepted accounting principles) here in this building the last two years."
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."
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.
"18 percent of our land in our state right now is either federally, state or county owned for conservation purposes."
University of Wisconsin System's reserves are in the "mid- to low-range" of comparable university systems.
The Milwaukee County Board approved a reform package by a 15-3 vote, "meaning Board Supervisors’ salaries will be cut by 20 percent" and "the Board’s budget will be cut by 50 percent."
"The vast majority of our public school students are receiving less state support than their private voucher peers."
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."
"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."
When it comes to income taxes, Wisconsin is "one of the best places in the country to be poor" but "top 4 or 5 worst" for middle-income earners.
In Massachusetts under Mitt Romney, "unemployment went down, household incomes went up," and the state "saw its credit rating upgraded."
"Household income in America has gone down for families an average of $4,000 in the last four years" while it " went up $5,000" under Mitt Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts
Says Gov. Scott Walker "raises the pay of inmates, but we don't raise the pay of staff in our correctional institutions."
By eliminating the public intervenor’s office, "I was the first one to fire Kathleen Falk."
The Wisconsin Retirement System for public employees is "a self-funded pension plan" and "it’s the money of the workers’ that funds it."
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