Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Press Release

Stalled: Republicans Struggle With State Budget Process

Sen. Leah Vukmir and Rep. Dale Kooyenga Fail To Get The Job Done

By - Jun 7th, 2017 03:29 pm
Leah Vukmir. Photo from the State of Wisconsin Blue Book 2015-16.

Leah Vukmir. Photo from the State of Wisconsin Blue Book 2015-16.

MADISON — Less than one month out from the deadline to pass a biennial budget, Republican infighting has stalled all progress over its key provisions. This morning, Republicans once again canceled a session of the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) amid a multi-month long standoff between Assembly and Senate Republicans over funding for education and transportation.

Republicans’ leadership is so broken that both the Senate and the Assembly may make the highly unusual decision to each write their own versions of the state budget. Despite being in control of the state legislature and the governor’s office for six years, Republicans are still divided on creating a long-term solution to fix our state’s crumbling roads. And after historic cuts to K-12 public education, local schools stand to lose even more ground as potential cuts loom.

In the middle of the mess are Joint Finance members and wannabe U.S. Senate candidates Senator Leah Vukmir and Representative Dale Kooyenga. But if they can’t even stand up to their own party’s partisan bickering and deliver for hard-working families in Wisconsin – it’s clear that they aren’t ready for prime time.

“If Leah Vukmir and Dale Kooyenga can’t do their job in the legislature, how can Wisconsinites trust them in the Senate,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby said on Wednesday. “It’s clear that Republicans can’t be trusted to lead on behalf of hard-working Wisconsinites.”

Mentioned in This Press Release

Recent Press Releases by Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Kevin Nicholson Silent as Republicans Raided Funding for King

Did Kevin Nicholson support Rep. Dale Kooyenga and D.C. Leah's votes to raid millions from the funds available to take care of Wisconsin's elderly veterans?

Democratic Party of Wisconsin

Statement on Senate Health Care Developments

"In 2018, the voters will choose progressives who stood up to protect their health care."

Democratic Party of Wisconsin

What You Won’t Find in the Republican Senate Budget Proposal

If you ask people across the state what the state should fund, most will tell you that we should fund our schools, our roads and essential services that keep us safe.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *