Rep. Taylor statement on tomorrow’s major budget action
"Tomorrow’s actions will likely show that this budget isn’t for working families, women or children."
MADISON – Tomorrow, the state’s budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance will likely take significant action on several key budget provisions, including BadgerCare and funding of both public schools and private unaccountable voucher schools. According to news accounts, Republicans are expected to expand the state’s unaccountable private voucher school program statewide, increase public school funding far less than our children need and deserve and reject $4.4 billion from the federal government to expand Medicaid. In anticipation of this vote, Representative Chris Taylor (D-Madison) released the following statement:
“Tomorrow’s actions will likely show that this budget isn’t for working families, women or children. My Republican colleagues speak often about their desire to create jobs and a climate for job growth. Yet, they fail to realize the best ways to lure businesses into Wisconsin is by making our state a desirable place for working families to live. Without investing in access to quality, affordable health care and public schools, our state will not thrive and our economy will continue to decline.
“We have a moral obligation as policymakers to ensure everyone has access to health care and all children have access to a quality public education. Refusing federal funds to expand BadgerCare to make sure more Wisconsinites have health care and investing in unaccountable private voucher schools rather than making further investments in our neighborhood public schools is irresponsible.
“If these provisions are allowed to stand, Republicans will have no one but themselves to blame when they fail to create jobs in Wisconsin. While the rest of the nation moves forward, we will continue to lag behind.”