Weekly Democratic radio address: "The Wisconsin Idea is under threat" 

MADISON – Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) offered the Democratic weekly radio address today. In his radio message, Sen. Larson talks about the proposed cuts to our UW schools that would limit access for students and lead to layoffs across Wisconsin. 

"Rather than allowing the personal political ambitions of one governor trump the needs of thousands of students we should instead renew the pledge of the Wisconsin Idea. By investing in our people can grow our economy, strengthen the middle class, and move Wisconsin Forward once again." - Sen. Chris Larson 

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here: http://media2.legis.wisconsin.gov/multimedia/Sen07/larsonradioaddress12915.mp3

A written transcript of the address is below:

"This is State Senator Chris Larson with this week’s Democratic Radio Address.

"The Wisconsin Idea is under threat. Most Wisconsinites are familiar with the Wisconsin Idea as a belief that began over 100 years ago that the research and education at the University of Wisconsin system is crucial and should be applied to solve problems and improve the health quality of life, environment and agriculture for all citizens of our great state.

"In some way the Wisconsin idea is an enduring promise made over a century ago and has been renewed and kept by each generation ever since. Helping keep education, economic success and opportunity available to all children of Wisconsin. That is until recently.

"Just this week Gov. Walker announced a plot to inflict the largest cut to higher education in our states history. His $300 million cut would slash investments in UW Schools, limit access for students, and lead to layoffs of professionals across our state.

"Our Universities are barely hanging on after bearing the brunt of a similar $250 Million cut less than four years ago. Right now high schoolers across our state are bumping up against deadlines to decide where they'll go next year for college. If we, as a state, turn our backs on the Wisconsin Idea should we expect the next generation to do any different when it is their turn to lead? How can we expect them to stay in a state that we're no longer committed to? We can’t let this happen.

"Rather than allowing the personal political ambitions of one governor trump the needs of thousands of students we should instead renew the pledge of the Wisconsin Idea. By investing in our people can grow our economy, strengthen the middle class, and move Wisconsin Forward once again."