FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                
February 3, 2015
CONTACT:    Sen.Larson
Statement from Senator Larson on Governor Walker’s Budget Address
Governor’s Budget reminds us a lot of Groundhog Day
MADISON – The following is a statement from Senator Chris Larson on tonight’s budget address.
“What we heard from Governor Walker tonight confirmed what we expected to hear: simply put, this is a Groundhog Day budget – a repeat of two years ago. Once again, the governor lacks any long-term vision for Wisconsin – he is ignoring Wisconsin’s middle class families and students, in favor of special interest giveaways and unsustainable tax cuts for the wealthy. He is once again dividing our state into winners and losers by gutting $300 million from our UW System, while at the same time increasing spending on big highway and interstate projects. Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, he does nothing to address the more than $500 million values deficit he created when he made the largest cuts to public education in our state’s history just a few years ago. At the same time he continues to allow more private, for-profit voucher schools to operate by expanding the voucher system statewide. To make matters worse, he directly attacks hardworking families, who are already struggling to get by in the Walker economy, by throwing up illegal road blocks for families in need of access to BadgerCare or FoodShare until they can get back on their feet.
“Governor Walker made it clear that he is more distracted by his own ambitions of appealing to Tea Party voters in other states than articulating a long-term hope for Wisconsin, starting by cleaning up the mess he already made.
“Walker’s Groundhog Day budget once again doubles down on failed schemes and perpetuates a values deficit by choosing campaigns over classrooms, highways over high schools, and borrowing over Bucky. This budget does not reflect the priorities and values of the people of Wisconsin, period.”