Rep. Kooyenga caught lying about cuts to schools
Kooyenga hides voting record as reports surface of drinking on the job
BROOKFIELD – A Republican Senate candidate under fire for drinking on the job is either forgetting his own voting record or deliberately trying to hide it. In a public forum at the Elmbrook School District on Wednesday night, Rep. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) claimed to have never cut funding for education as a member of the Joint Finance Committee, and further claimed that Republicans had not cut education funding at all since 2011 – despite a record of cutting millions from local K-12 schools and UW campuses over several years.
“After recent reports of Rep. Kooyenga drinking on the job, it’s possible he just has a hazy memory of his votes to cut school funding,” said Jenni Dye, SSDC executive director. “If Kooyenga can’t remember his own votes to cut funding from local schools and UW campuses, how can we trust him to make the right decisions moving forward?”
As a member of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, Rep. Kooyenga has pushed several proposals to cut school funding while targeting more tax breaks to millionaires and out-of-state corporations. In 2013, he voted to cut $100 million from University of Wisconsin schools. In 2015, he backed another $250 million UW cut. And in 2017, he voted to cut $10 million from K-12 schools and shift $30 million in school costs onto property taxpayers. As a result of these cuts, state general aid funding for public schools is lower this year than it was in the 2010-11 school year.
“How can Wisconsin families trust politicians like Dale Kooyenga who won’t come clean about their own records of cutting education?” asked Dye. “If Rep. Kooyenga won’t be honest with voters and take ownership for his decisions, it’s time to elect someone new. Julie Henszey knows the importance of our local schools and the responsibility that goes along with being an elected official. As a State Senator, Julie will make sure that our schools are being properly funded and our children are given every opportunity to succeed.”