Republicans Further Open Doors for Cronyism, Corruption
Public Interest will take a Back Seat to Political Interests
MADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) today issued the following statement on the Republicans’ passage of a bill that guts Wisconsin’s civil service system:
“Destroying Wisconsin’s civil service rules streamlines opportunities for corruption. The Walker Administration has already proven that it will put its political interests first in front of the public interest, from the scandal-plagued WEDC to the political cronies who have been placed in highly paid jobs once held by public servants.
“The heritage of this state is that the people of Wisconsin pay state employees to serve the public interests, not political interests, and that heritage is at risk.
“This move is the latest power grab by Republicans who have acted to try to increase their stranglehold on this state during this month filled with bills that likely will lead to corruption. Last week, Republicans made it extremely difficult to nearly impossible to prosecute political crimes and opened a floodgate of secret money into their campaign coffers. These combined efforts make it clear that under Governor Walker and Republicans, Wisconsin is open for corruption.
“Republicans’ actions show their priorities are not in the public interest – they prioritize their own jobs and offer taxpayer-funded jobs for their political cronies.”
Press Releases by Peter Barca
"From Right-to-Work to repealing prevailing wage, the PLA bill is just another in a long line of GOP policies that adversely affect Wisconsin workers..."
"Attorney General Brad Schimel is fighting for his party, not democracy."
"We should not be spending another cent defending unconstitutional legislative maps."
"Between the GOP leadership in the legislature and the governor, this week has delivered a double whammy for Wisconsin workers."
"It’s ironic that the Republicans are seemingly using the same lack of transparency that led to our state having one of the worst cases of gerrymandering in history"
“The GOP has let the taxpayers of Wisconsin down.”