Gov. Walker shortchanges public education, focuses on helping unaccountable private voucher schools
Statement from Rep. Barca on governor’s troubling budget proposals for Wisconsin schools
Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) issued the following statement after the release of Gov. Walker’s budget proposals for education, following a budget in which the governor took $1.6 billion from public schools, $315 million from universities and $72 million from technical colleges while giving more to private voucher schools in Milwaukee and Racine:
“Gov. Walker’s lack of commitment to public education puts him out of step with the vast majority of Wisconsin residents. In his last budget public schools took a historic cut. Now he is giving back such a small amount that at this rate a kindergartener will not see their school’s funding returned to pre-Walker levels until they are walking across the stage at their high school graduation.
“We are only beginning to see the damage caused by Republicans’ historic cuts to K-12 schools, universities and technical colleges in the last state budget. But even conservative-leaning groups like the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance have shown that the governor’s ‘tools’ of taking money from working families and out of local economies came nowhere close to offsetting those historic cuts.
“Furthermore the governor is shortchanging public schools while again giving more to private voucher schools, still without any accountability. At a time when our public schools continue to struggle because they lack necessary funding, how can he justify giving more to private voucher schools? However, this shouldn’t be surprising given the amount of money voucher school special interests have dumped into Republican campaigns in Wisconsin.
“Strong public schools are the foundation of a strong economy and a strong middle class. We need healthy public schools, universities and technical colleges to prepare our future workforce.
“The governor’s proposals are a bad deal for our kids, a bad deal for taxpayers and a bad deal for Wisconsin’s economic future.”
Press Releases Referencing Peter Barca
Apr 14th, 2016 by Peter Barca
“It was shocking that the Walker Administration has not been participating in meetings with our hardworking County Veterans Services Officers all along, however I am glad they have committed to attend future meetings”
Apr 8th, 2016 by Peter Barca
“This ruling is a victory for workers’ rights and middle class families.”
Apr 1st, 2016 by Peter Barca
Rep. Barca also called for a full investigation and report from the Department of Administration and Department of Transportation on the outages.
Mar 28th, 2016 by Peter Barca
“These Republican bills do nothing to address the burden of student debt and the people of Wisconsin shouldn’t fall for the Republicans’ lack of action with these modest election-year smoke and mirrors.”
Mar 15th, 2016 by Peter Barca
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rep. Tamara Grigsby.”
Mar 8th, 2016 by Peter Barca
“Assembly Democrats stand united against hateful speech, no matter when or where that occurs.”