Today in JFC: More prison beds instead of public school funds
“Today, Republicans created a pipeline to prison rather than a pathway to the American Dream for our school children.”
(MADISON) – Wisconsin’s Joint Committee on Finance today will take up both the Department of Corrections and the Department of Public Instruction. As part of the debate, the committee will vote on items in Governor Walker’s budget that increase prison bed size for male and female prisons. Additionally, the committee is scheduled to take up Governor Walker’s education funding cuts.
Among the many Department of Corrections items the committee will vote on this evening include increasing prison beds for both male and female inmates.
“Today, Republicans created a pipeline to prison rather than a pathway to the American Dream for our school children,” said Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), who serves on the committee. “With our prison population increasing under Governor Walker’s watch, it’s easy to see the ramification of his failed jobs promise.”
“We need all hands on deck to invest in our schools, not a toxic plan hatched behind closed doors without proper input from all stakeholders,” Taylor said. “With 85 percent of our Milwaukee kids reading below grade level, something needs to be done. But doing something just for the sake of doing something is the wrong approach. Our children are not a science experiment.”
As of this writing, the Joint Committee on Finance had yet to vote on either measure. After beginning four hours late, the committee co-chair indicated the committee would not take up any new agencies after 10pm.
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