Wisconsin Needs a Budget that Puts Wisconsin Families and Economic Opportunity First
Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee) and other legislative Democrats highlighted a need for a state budget that puts Wisconsin families first and restores economic opportunity for all.
MILWAUKEE – Today Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee) and other legislative Democrats highlighted a need for a state budget that puts Wisconsin families first and restores economic opportunity for all. The group spoke at UMOS in Milwaukee today to discuss their vision for a strong Wisconsin budget.
“‘Trickle down’ Republican policies that favor massive giveaways to the very wealthy at the expense of our middle class have left Wisconsin families behind,” Rep. Barca said. “While the rest of the nation and our neighbors are recovering from the Great Recession and experiencing strong job growth and budget surpluses, families in the Milwaukee area and throughout Wisconsin continue to struggle. Budgets are about priorities and Wisconsin needs a budget that puts families and economic opportunity first.”
A recent study found that by one measure, Wisconsin’s budget is in the worst shape of any state in the nation (Pew Charitable Trusts study: http://bit.ly/1CPPVJD). Unlike our neighbors in Minnesota who invested in their communities, created quality jobs and have a $1.2 billion surplus, Wisconsin residents are stuck with a lagging economy and stagnant family wages. Instead of creating economic opportunity, the Walker budget will slash our state’s economic engine – the University of Wisconsin system – and continue to put the transportation budget on the state credit card.
“To secure a positive future for this community and throughout the state, we must prioritize our kids and young people,” Rep. Zamarripa said. “Democrats stand ready to fight to create opportunities for our children to succeed and will work to strengthen communities across Wisconsin, especially in Milwaukee. I look forward to working with my colleagues to fight for working people and the Milwaukee area throughout the budget process.”
Assembly Democrats will soon roll out an Economic Opportunity Agenda that will provide more detail on how Wisconsin can create opportunity for the middle class and those striving to get there.
“Democrats’ efforts are focused on working together to rebuild a strong middle class, close the skills gap and create opportunities for all the hardworking people in this state,” Rep. Barca added.
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