Weekly Democratic Address: Support our Workers by Investing in Education and Job Training
Cross-posted from Wispolitics.com
By Rep. Fred Clark
As students return for the start of second semester college classes in Wisconsin, they are already experiencing the effects of Gov. Walker’s damaging cuts to our universities and technical colleges. College students and their families are right to question why it makes sense to slash education budgets while spending lavishly on special interests and wealthy corporations.
Governor Walker’s talk about job training rings very hollow after he made more than $70 million in cuts to job training programs through our technical colleges. Any economist will tell you that in a time of economic turmoil and high unemployment, investing in job training is more important than ever. The governor’s decision could not have been worse timing for thousands of displaced Wisconsin workers.
With the recently announced lapses in state funding for our UW System, Wisconsin now also ranks third in the nation in cuts to our universities – that’s not an honor to be proud of.
And under Gov. Walker, Wisconsin is already first in the nation in job losses, and the only state to lose jobs every month for the past six months. We’re second in the nation in cuts to K-12 education. These rankings are the opposite of the leadership Wisconsin needs for our future.
We know that a strong educational system is the engine that drives our state’s economy. Wisconsin has a long tradition of supporting our workers and a commitment to doing everything we can to help them find good, family-supporting jobs.
The governor’s cuts to job training and our universities break that commitment and cause us to fall farther behind on the road to full economic recovery. Let’s work together to invest in education and do what history has shown us works to put Wisconsin back to work.