GOP Plan Puts Education Last, Fails to Remediate Walker’s Historic Cuts
"The refusal of the Walker administration and the Republican-led budget committee to fully restore cuts to K-12 education is reprehensible."
(MADISON) – The Joint Committee on Finance met today to discuss education. Almost two months late, the Committee has failed to complete the biannual budget despite students in Milwaukee already being back in school.
“The GOP has continued to put education on the back burner,” said Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). After years of Governor Walker’s historic cuts to education, Republicans are doing too little, too late when it comes to investing in our children.”
Senator Taylor voiced frustration at the massive cuts that Walker has made since becoming Governor, arguing that the touted ‘savings’ from property tax reductions are just for show.
Senator Taylor also believes that the GOP plan fails to align services to students. From mental health to food insecurity, students face many barriers that impact academic performance. “We need resources to be centrally located and easily accessible,” Sen. Taylor said. “Students face complex challenges that need collaborative solutions. We need to break down silos and create alignment in how we deliver services to avoid inefficiency and create the impacts that are desperately needed.”
Since 2014, Wisconsin has ranked as the worst state to raise a black child. Reports have consistently shown that the state has some of the highest racial disparities in the nation in terms of employment, poverty, and incarceration outcomes. Most recently, Wisconsin ranked last in the nation for racial equality.
“Today, Republicans will vote to continue the formula that has put Wisconsin dead last in racial equality, even behind the Jim Crow strongholds of Alabama and Mississippi. Career opportunity, homeownership, incarceration are all linked to education. By failing to invest in education at the levels that we need, we are saying okay to the school-to-prison pipeline. We are saying it is okay for the state to step back when every indicator says we need to do more.”
More about the 2017-2019 WI State Budget
- GOP Passes $76 Billion Betrayal of our Values - State Sen. Chris Larson - Sep 17th, 2017
- Sen.Taylor on Budget Passage: “It’s Shameful” - State Sen. Lena Taylor - Sep 17th, 2017
- Ringhand Statement on State Budget - State Sen. Janis Ringhand - Sep 17th, 2017
- Sen. LaTonya Johnson Statement on Senate Passage of State Budget - State Sen. LaTonya Johnson - Sep 17th, 2017
- Democrats Call for Campaign Integrity to be Restored in State Budget - State Sen. Chris Larson - Sep 17th, 2017
- AFP – WI Praises Governor Walker, Senate Conservatives for Improving State Budget - AFP Wisconsin - Sep 17th, 2017
- Governor Walker Releases Statement on Senate Passage of State Budget - Gov. Scott Walker - Sep 17th, 2017
- Speaker Vos Statement on Assembly Passage of 2017-2019 Budget - Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos - Sep 14th, 2017
- AFP-Wisconsin Commends Rep. Scott Allen’s Call for PFA Audit - AFP Wisconsin - Sep 14th, 2017
- Statement from Rep. Barca on Republican Budget - State Rep. Peter Barca - Sep 6th, 2017
- School aid payments delayed amid GOP budget fiasco - State Sen. Jennifer Shilling - Aug 31st, 2017
- Republicans Again Shortchanging our Kids, Betraying our Values - State Sen. Chris Larson - Aug 29th, 2017
- Republicans cut rural school aid, delay payments - State Sen. Jennifer Shilling - Aug 28th, 2017
- GOP Plan Puts Education Last, Fails to Remediate Walker’s Historic Cuts - State Sen. Lena Taylor - Aug 28th, 2017
Recent Press Releases by State Sen. Lena Taylor
"Although I wish Senator Flake had taken a bolder stance, I’m hopeful that his request is taken seriously by Republican Leadership and members of the Senate."
"So Governor Walker didn’t have time to defend Harley-Davidson, but he has time to blow dog whistles."