State Sen. Jennifer Shilling
Press Release

Budget takes $100 million hit as GOP policies drive down family wages

“The declining revenue numbers are yet another sign of Wisconsin’s underperforming economy and declining family wages under Republican control”

By - Jan 21st, 2016 10:14 am

MADISON – Updated state budget numbers show a nearly $100 million drop in revenue compared to previous estimates. The troubling numbers highlight the continued decline in family wages and debunk Gov. Walker’s latest claims about the state’s financial footing.

“The declining revenue numbers are yet another sign of Wisconsin’s underperforming economy and declining family wages under Republican control,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “After Gov. Walker’s yearlong campaign for president on the taxpayers’ dime, it’s time we focus on helping Wisconsin families rather than catering to out-of-state special interests.”

“We’re never going to grow our middle class if legislative Republicans continue to drive down wages and outsource Wisconsin jobs,” added Sen. Shilling. “After the worst year for mass layoffs and plant closings in Wisconsin since 2010, we need to do more to turn things around. Democrats will continue to fight for investments in local schools, worker training and infrastructure projects to create jobs and move our state forward.”

While Wisconsin continues to struggle both financially and economically, other Midwestern states are seeing robust growth. The neighboring state of Minnesota is currently debating how to reinvest a $1.9 billion budget surplus into schools, early childhood education, middle class tax cuts and broadband infrastructure projects.

Mentioned in This Press Release

Recent Press Releases by State Sen. Jennifer Shilling

Property Taxes Increase Under Walker

GOP tax shift continues to hurt Wisconsin schools and homeowners

Wisconsin Budget Shock

$3.5 Billion Republican budget deficit on the rise

Wisconsin drivers to Gov. Walker: Just fix it!

Latest report highlights state’s crumbling infrastructure

6 thoughts on “Budget takes $100 million hit as GOP policies drive down family wages”

  1. AG says:

    So you take a 12 page report, which includes 2 and a half pages just talking about the effects of oil prices and several other pages discussing over a dozen other causes for the change in revenue, and then you mention the one paragraph about income?

    I seem to ask this question often lately… purposely misleading or glaringly incompetent? An embarrassment either way.

  2. Vincent Hanna says:

    Yet you only ask the question when it comes to press releases from Democrats. Interesting. I’m pretty sure Republicans are guilty of the same. You seem more and more blindly partisan every day.

  3. AG says:

    You must be joking, I criticize them both. You just see fewer republican PR’s on Urban Milwaukee.

  4. Dave Reid says:

    @AG And hopefully over time you’ll have more Republican PR’s to criticize on UM too!

  5. Vincent Hanna says:

    I look forward to you criticizing PR’s from Republicans AG, though I am skeptical you will do so.

  6. Jake says:

    Walker and his cronies are all for education, it just has to be privatized and have a profit margin.

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us