March 1, 2011
Walker ’s Wisconsin – A Land of Less Opportunity
Walker Proposes Devastating Cuts to Local Services and Children
Madison – Governor Walker announced his 2011-2013 Biennial Budget today, which proposes drastic cuts to educational opportunities, local services and access to basic healthcare for Wisconsin’s most vulnerable.
Sen. Chris Larson (D- Milwaukee) said these radical cuts will be detrimental to communities statewide and will decrease our quality of life.
“Wisconsin has a strong history of smart investments in the services that make our state a great place to live, work and raise a family,” said Larson. “Walker’s Wisconsin is a land of little opportunity.”
One of the most distressing provisions in Walker’s budget proposal is the more than $1.7 billion in cuts to education and local government. Sen. Larson believes this will make it nearly impossible for communities to fund crucial services including police and fire protection, transportation services and parks maintenance. These cuts will likewise drastically reduce the quality of Wisconsin’s schools.
“These devastating cuts will mean larger class sizes, fewer educational opportunities for our children including reductions in Advanced Placement courses, teacher lay-offs, and even school closures,” said Larson. “The governor’s budget is an all out assault on children attending our public schools.”
Health care programs in Wisconsin utilized by elderly, disabled, low-income and unemployed individuals will also face damaging cuts under Governor Walker’s budget.
“Governor Walker also seems committed to destroying our state’s health services safety net,” said Larson. “His secretary for the Department of Health Services even wrote that we should abolish Medicaid.”
Sen. Larson said his community is increasingly concerned with Walker’s misplaced priorities and the damage his agenda will have on the state of Wisconsin.
“Governor Walker’s second chapter is even worse than his first,” said Larson. “First he attacked working families, now he threatens the quality of life in our communities. The more details we get, the worse his story.”