Democratic Party of Wisconsin
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Democrats Warn of Consequences on the Eve of the Death of the Government Accountability Board

Democrats highlight Scott Walker and the Republicans' dismantling of the non partisan Government Accountability Board.

By - Jun 29th, 2016 12:14 pm

MADISON – Today, Democrats came together to highlight Scott Walker and the Republicans’ dismantling of the non partisan Government Accountability Board (GAB), which comes in a long line of other steps they have taken to strip government of openness and transparency. Instead, they have opted for two partisan boards made of political appointees, similar the ineffective system that was in place before the GAB was created.

Unfortunately, this did not come to much surprise to the Democrats who spoke, which included former State Senate Majority Leader Judy Robson, Senator Jon Erpenbach, Senator Mark Miller, and Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca, who have seen the immense effort Scott Walker and the Republicans have put in shrouding their motives and actions in secrecy.

Below are excerpts of just some of what the speakers had to say about Scott Walker and the Republicans’ record on trying to gut open records laws, stripping John Doe, and now dissolving the GAB:

Former Sen. Judy Robson: We have seen Scott Walker and the Republicans take major efforts, from trying to gut open records laws, to John Doe, and now the dismantling of the GAB, to hide their true intentions and actions from the public.

Sen. Mark Miller: The GAB wasn’t broken; it was dismantled by Republicans looking to settle a political vendetta. The GAB was a bipartisan creation focused on a fair and ethical elections process. The people of Wisconsin deserve impartial, nonpartisan oversight of their elections. Republicans stole that from them.  

Sen. Jon Erpenbach: For the last six years we’ve seen Scott Walker and the Republicans try to cover their motives and actions in secrecy, and for them shutting down the GAB is a step in the right direction.

Rep. Peter Barca: If we want the public’s trust, if we want elected officials to truly represent the people’s best interests, we must have openness and transparency in government. We are here to serve Wisconsin, not ourselves. Unfortunately, Scott Walker and the Republicans have no interest in this, and are taking every step possible to hide themselves from public scrutiny.

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