Democrats call on Gov. Walker to veto budget provisions harmful to consumers, middle-class families
Vetoes would dramatically improve budget for public schools, people who need health care, middle-class taxpayers
MADISON – Today Democratic legislators announced they have submitted several letters to Gov. Walker calling on him to veto several anti-consumer, anti-middle-class provisions included in the Republican budget that passed the Assembly and Senate last week.
Among other items, Democrats called on the governor to use his veto power to accept federal funding to cover an additional 85,000 citizens and save taxpayers $120 million and ensure any tax cuts are targeted toward the middle class instead of the wealthiest Wisconsinites – who would receive more than 10 times the tax break of the median household – and eliminate $30 million in taxpayer funding for parents to send their kids to private schools.
“The budget Gov. Walker is about to sign is extremely damaging to public schools, people who need health care and middle-class taxpayers,” Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said. “But the governor can mitigate some of that damage by removing these provisions that are so harmful to consumers and middle-class families.
“Wisconsin ranks at or near the bottom in just about every economic indicator, including 44th in job growth, 45th in wage growth and dead last in short-term job growth. The middle class is being left behind while Republicans side with powerful special interests. Vetoing these provisions is the bare minimum the governor should be doing to start reversing the devastating effects of his agenda.”
The Democrats’ veto letters are attached below:
NOTE: Copies of the veto letter relating to voucher schools can be made available upon request.
Contact: Melanie Conklin, 608.266.5504
Press Releases Referencing Peter Barca
Feb 25th, 2015 by Peter Barca
Right-to-Work bill distracts from "incredibly harmful" budget, they say
Feb 24th, 2015 by Peter Barca
"I am deeply disappointed that Senator Nass and Republicans did not at least live up to their promise of holding the public hearing until 7:00 tonight."
Governor Walker, Republicans rush to pass “Right to Work” to distract from disastrous budget, economic mismanagementFeb 20th, 2015 by Peter Barca
In response, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement.
Feb 19th, 2015 by Peter Barca
"It almost appears as if Republicans are putting together a Nixon-style enemies list for anyone who dares to disagree with their agenda."
Feb 10th, 2015 by Peter Barca
“If Governor Walker was being up front that his sole objection was about wanting to protect taxpayers, he will take advantage of this incredible opportunity and secure a win-win for Wisconsin taxpayers.”
Feb 5th, 2015 by Peter Barca
"Put simply, Gov. Walker needs to own up to his own extreme ideas."