Madison –Despite Republican control of both chambers of state government and the Governor’s office, the budget process remains at a complete standstill. While Republican leadership collapses over disagreements over backroom deals and giveaways to the wealthy, Governor Scott Walker is nowhere to be found as he travels outside of the state promoting his presidential bid.
“While Wisconsinites continue to demand leadership on this crisis budget, Republicans seem to be too preoccupied dealing with their own Tea Party implosion,” said Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh). “The majority had no problem burning down the house on the most important state programs like funding for public school classrooms and the UW System, but is more than willing to put the budget process at a complete standstill as they fight over backroom deals.”
“The Walker budget is based on bad math and misplaced priorities. That’s why Republicans can’t even get their own members to vote for it,” said Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). “When negotiations happen behind closed doors, that means good news for special interest groups and bad news for Wisconsin.”
“This complete stalemate on the budget, weeks after the Joint Finance Committee was supposed to have adjourned is nothing short of a complete inability to govern,” said Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton). “Wisconsinites are still reacting to the selling out of our schools, universities, natural resources, and health care support nets. We know that Republicans have already promised to eliminate taxes for the wealthiest in the state, but it looks like things are about to get a lot worse.”
“From the word ‘GO’ this budget has been nothing but a mess,” said Representative Chris Taylor (D-Madison). “Despite scathing headlines and public outrage, the Republicans stand tall behind tax breaks for rich families while continuing to follow Governor Walker off the cliff in pursuit of his presidential ambitions in cutting our UW System by $250 million and throwing scraps to our public schools. Given this lack of leadership it shouldn’t be surprising that after a two-week hiatus, they still aren’t on the same page and are lacking a commonsense tax package and revenue plan for investing in our infrastructure.”