Statement from Rep. Barca on signing of Gov. Walker’s extreme, anti-middle class budget
Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today after Gov. Walker signed the 2013-2015 state budget into law
“Gov. Walker’s extreme budget fails the middle class and will continue to take Wisconsin down the wrong path. Despite numerous opportunities to improve this budget, the governor and Republican legislators actually kept making it worse for public schools, property taxpayers and people who count on basic services.
“The governor’s budget expands taxpayer-funded private voucher schools statewide while failing to restore historic public school cuts in the last Republican budget. It gives people making more than $300,000 more than 10 times the tax break it gives to the average working family. It rewards special interests who want to prey on consumers while middle-class families get left behind. And it includes what may be the worst decision made in our state in a generation – a health care plan that covers 85,000 fewer people and costs taxpayers an additional $120 million.
“The last Republican budget is one of the primary reasons Wisconsin is 38th in the nation in job growth – and at or near the bottom by any objective economic measure – since Gov. Walker took office. Not only does this budget fail to reverse that damage, it actually doubles down on an economic agenda that has devastated Wisconsin over the past two and a half years.
“My fellow Democrats and I have traveled the state for months talking to people about their priorities for this budget. And I can confidently say they neither wanted nor deserved the budget Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans gave them.
“In the coming weeks and months, Democrats will continue to advance legislation designed to undo the worst aspects of this budget. We hope the governor and our Republican colleagues will finally listen to the public and work with us to help put Wisconsin back on the right track.”
Press Releases Referencing Peter Barca
Walker Administration and Republican Legislators Must Also Be Held Accountable for Corrections CrisisFeb 12th, 2016 by Peter Barca
Assembly Democrats Request Audit of Department of Corrections
Feb 12th, 2016 by Peter Barca
Republican Civil Service Law Puts Political Interests over Public Interest
Feb 11th, 2016 by Peter Barca
Assembly Republicans Pass Attack on Women’s Health Care Access, Put Domestic Violence Victims at Risk
Feb 9th, 2016 by Peter Barca
“The bills Republicans passed today are a trifecta of environmental degradation.”
Feb 1st, 2016 by Peter Barca
Richards served in the legislature from 1999-2015
Jan 21st, 2016 by Peter Barca
The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau revenue report that showed Wisconsin is expected to take in $158 million less in revenue: