Despite his promise to oppose any and all tax or fee increases, Scott Walker's budget raised taxes on working families to the tune of nearly $70 million, giving Wisconsin the dubious distinction of being one of the only states to raise taxes on their neediest families, according to a study from the nonprofit Center on Budget and Policy Priorities that was reported in the Appleton Post Crescent:
On Wednesday, Scott Walker held a press conference touting that he was going to lift a cap he imposed on Wisconsin's Family Care program, which offers services to the elderly and the disabled. Advocates for the disabled and the poor and the elderly were overjoyed and Scott Walker was eager to take credit for his about-face.
But it turns out that Scott Walker was actually ordered to lift the cap on Family Care because the Obama Administration called out his plan as reckless, dangerous and possibly in violation of federal statues.
For decades, Diane Echelbarger has fought for the rights, education and values of thousands of Wisconsinites she’s never met.
Wisconsin's next governor will be quite different than Scott Walker.
We are in the final stages of collecting the signatures necessary to recall Walker, in a vast, people-powered movement fueled by an historic rejection of his radical agenda.
Walker's strategy will be to prolong the period before the recall is certified, with wasteful lawsuits and other shabby game-playing, but it will not hold off the inevitable.
The question will then turn to the candidate who will replace him. I have no doubt Walker's successor will be able and qualified. And I know, whoever emerges, he or she will be much more than that -- because that is what Wisconsin is now demanding.
Days after his campaign and supporters hyped an award associated with a Republican governor jailed for corruption, Scott Walker received the Joe McCarthy Renaissance Award from PolitiScoop, a nonpartisan political blog.
In my house, the holiday season has always been a celebration of family, community and generosity. It's about a spirit of togetherness -- a recognition of the feeling we get when we treat everyone with dignity, respect and love. It's about the people whose very presence warms our heart and puts a smile on our face. And it's about the remarkable and extraordinary ways we show our appreciation for others without expecting anything in return.
Thinking back over this past year, it is easy to get disheartened, discouraged ... even upset. Wisconsin has changed dramatically, and there is much I no longer recognize about our state.
Wisconsin used to be among the leading states in the nation in education, in health care quality and access, and we had a reputation for clean and open government, civil dialogue and reasonable political solutions.
As 2011 comes to a close, unfortunately we now lead the nation in job loss. We are second in the nation in cuts to public education. And, we lead the nation in political polarization. Wisconsin is, sadly, a state divided.
Scott Walker’s corporate-backed mining bill is a prime example of how Scott Walker has shut the public out and has worked in secret with corporate lobbyists to ram through extreme legislation that enriches out-of-state donors at the expense of our shared Wisconsin values. If we don’t recall Scott Walker, the result will be that the environment and the people of Wisconsin will suffer for generations if the mining bill makes it into law.
A new report shows that last month Scott Walker ranked #1 in the country in job losses thanks to his extreme, divisive agenda that has failed to produce jobs for Wisconsin families.
But rather than take responsibility for costing 34,900 Wisconsin workers their jobs in the last five months Scott Walker and his administration have been blaming others, blaming you and even blaming the jobs data itself.
Nothing is more important to me, or any mother, than the health and well-being of my children. And I know that part of taking care of my children includes taking care of myself with breast and cervical cancer screenings.
That’s why Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch’s latest attack on Wisconsin women, cutting funding for the Wisconsin Well Woman Program, has me so upset. They were able to give away billions in tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires like the Koch Brothers, but decided that Wisconsin just can’t afford to take care of our women and children.