Republicans Continue to Ram through Major Power Grabs
Bills will Turn Government Watchdog into Partisan Lapdog, Allow Corporate Special Interests More Influence on State Government
MADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) today released the following statement on the Republican action today to continue to ram through legislation that guts Wisconsin’s government oversight agency and campaign finance laws:
“Instead of working to improve economic security for hardworking people, Republicans are dead set on consolidating their power, making it easier for corruption and cronyism to go undetected, allowing more money in elections with less disclosure, and helping corporate special interests have more influence over government.
“Hardworking taxpayers want us to address our crumbling roads, suffering middle class and struggling schools – they don’t tell me that Wisconsin needs less government oversight and even more corporate influence in politics.
“These bills take us in the exact wrong direction – turning our nationally-respected watchdogs into partisan lapdogs and allowing corporations to have even more influence over Wisconsin.
“I am especially concerned that Republicans are rushing through these bills that make major changes to our laws in a way that doesn’t allow time for legislators, our service agencies and the public to fully comprehend and debate the changes.”
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