As part of a marathon session earlier this week, the Joint Committee on Finance passed a series of so-called “reforms” to Wisconsin’s public education system. While Republicans touted their restoration of the Governor’s proposed budget cuts, supporters of public education in Wisconsin were left sorely disappointed.
Scott Walker's latest budget includes a series of extreme cuts that undermine the state Department of Natural Resources and could block science and research advancements in the study of climate change and chronic wasting disease management-- but there's increasing speculation that the cuts aren't Walker's idea alone.
Scott Walker's failed flagship jobs agency, the scandal-plagued Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), is in the news again, not for its efforts to grow jobs and the economy, but for another report that it gave taxpayer money to a company that shipped Wisconsin jobs overseas.
Scott Walker is nowhere to be found in Wisconsin as he campaigns for president (and couldn't even be bothered to attend the Badgers game last night,) but Democrats are still fighting back against Walker's disastrous budget and standing up for working families.
Five years ago today, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, his signature accomplishment that has since made it possible for 16 million previously uninsured Americans to access affordable healthcare coverage.
The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau yesterday released an analysis of Scott Walker’s budget that shows it raises taxes and fees by $48 million and raids segregated funds by more than $300 million, part of another round of broken campaign promises for the governor and presidential candidate who has been rated America’s most factually-challenged politician.
The most successful politicians usually have a brand. Common examples include truth teller, maverick, policy wonk, and the leader who gets things done. For his own brand, Scott Walker has clearly chosen fighter, and the struggle he faced in passing his Act 10 reforms is the crown jewel in the battle-scarred governor's arsenal. His fight against the protesters in 2011 has been Walker’s answer to myriad questions ranging from how he would deal with partisan gridlock to how he would handle ISIS. Time and time again, Walker has pointed to the Act 10 fight he won, and claimed that such a victory proves he’s a capable leader.
Governor Walker has, at best, a tenuous relationship with the truth. Every once in a while they may make flirtatious eye contact, but then our shy governor drops his gaze and continues as though nothing happened. One look at Walker’s abysmal Politifact file, where his Mostly True and True statements make up only 33% of his overall record, is all the evidence one needs. The fact that he tried to remove the “search for truth” as a key principle of the UW System is icing on the cake.
Scott Walker’s budget address tonight is expected to include his recent proposal to cut roughly $300 million from the UW System. This unprecedented cut would sharply affect all 26 UW campuses across the state and the 180,000 students who attend them. Unsurprisingly, the Governor’s proposed budget cuts are drawing intense criticism. What is surprising is that the criticism is coming from all over the ideological spectrum.