June 16, 2011
ADOPT A BUDGET OF LIES AND MISPLACED PRIORITIES
Taylor blasts GOP approval of crooked cop pay while cutting schools
MADISON, WI – Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee), Senate Ranking Member of the Joint Committee on Finance, blasted the GOP’s final approval of Bad Choices, Broken Promises Budget of 2011 which wages the Republican political war on the working families and the middle class of Wisconsin. “Voters in Wisconsin demanded a budget that placed education and jobs as a priority. What the Republicans gave them was tax increases, fund raids, late-night political gifts to the interests, and a series of broken promises” . The Senate approved the budget 19-14 with Taylor voting against the 1.1 billion dollar spending increase.
The Republicans rejected a series of Democratic amendments that would have restored 400 million dollars in cuts to schools, stopped the potential expansion of the voucher program statewide, restored long-term care for seniors, and ended the Alberta Darling repeal of Milwaukee Police Pay Laws. “The Republicans continued making their bad choices right to the end; cutting more money from schools but continuing to pay bad cops like those that beat Frank Jude. The GOP priorities are all messed up when spending taxpayer dollars on crooked cops is more important than our schools” . Today’s action was the last for the legislature after 108 days of the GOP crafting a budget which violated Wisconsin Values and broke the promises made by Republicans.