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
Nov 17th, 2015 by Peter Barca
Bills Will Have a Devastating Impact on Wisconsin’s Tradition of Clean, Open and Transparent Government
Nov 16th, 2015 by Peter Barca
Instead of Working on People's Agenda, Republicans Push Through Corrupt Politicians’ Agenda
Nov 11th, 2015 by Peter Barca
Speaker Vos Agrees State Needs New Model for Jobs Agency
While Wisconsin Economy Flounders, Republicans Take “Extraordinary” Measures to Put More Money in PoliticsNov 6th, 2015 by Peter Barca
Assembly Democrats Call on Republicans to Add Jobs Bills to Extraordinary Session
Nov 6th, 2015 by Peter Barca
“I also am renewing my call for WEDC to discuss not only Oscar Mayer but the many other vital Wisconsin companies we need to keep in Wisconsin, at our board meeting next week.”
Nov 4th, 2015 by Peter Barca
“Instead of making tough choices and exemplifying true leadership, Republicans are once again kicking a bigger can down a longer road.”