Layoffs mount as GOP attacks government accountability
MADISON – Wisconsin residents will have less access to information about who is influencing campaigns under a new bill being rushed through by legislative Republicans. After weeks of backroom deals designed to limit public input, Senate Republicans announced sweeping changes to dismantle the Government Accountability Board, increase corporate campaign influence and enable secret coordination between politicians and outside special interest groups.
“Wisconsin is experiencing one of the worst strings of mass layoffs in recent years, yet legislative Republicans continue to undermine government accountability,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “In their misguided effort to increase political corruption and cover-up special interest campaign influence, Republicans have taken their eye off the ball. We should be doing everything in our power to help Wisconsin’s hardworking families rather than catering to Gov. Walker’s special interest allies.”
Over 10,000 Wisconsin workers have been affected by mass layoffs and business closings this year compared to 6,186 workers in all of 2014. The spike in layoffs and business closings follows months of inaction on job creation legislation while Gov. Walker pursued his presidential ambitions and legislative Republicans crafted backroom deals to undermine government accountability.
“Right now, we have a Governor and a legislative majority who don’t seem to comprehend what’s happening across our state,” added Shilling. “Families are struggling with high student loan debt, rising childcare costs and retirement insecurity. Democrats have put forward numerous proposals to address these issues and strengthen the middle class, but the majority party continues to stonewall these commonsense measures. It’s time we focus on what really matters to Wisconsin families and end the divisive attacks on clean, open and honest government.”