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Marquette Poll Shows Opposition to Walker/Republican Budget PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats, Laura Smith   
Friday, 17 April 2015 10:11

peter_barcaMADISON – On Thursday, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) responded to the latest Marquette University Law Poll, which showed overwhelming opposition to the changes proposed in Gov. Walker and the Republicans’ state budget.

“Today’s poll shows that Gov. Walker's popularity is directly tied to his Budget of Errors,” Rep. Barca said. “We heard around the state that the people of Wisconsin reject this extreme budget proposal that slashes K-12 education, long-term care, our world-class higher education system, and our sporting heritage and conservation efforts.”

“I am encouraged to see widespread support for our public schools and overwhelming opposition to cuts to the UW system and K-12 schools,” Rep. Barca added. “It’s high time for Republicans to join with Democrats to rewrite the budget. A budget is about priorities and Wisconsin must prioritize economic opportunity, infrastructure, opportunities for our children and strong communities.”

The poll found overwhelming opposition to both education cuts included in the state budget proposal. Seventy-eight percent of voters oppose Walker’s proposal to cut $127 million from K-12 school spending and 70 percent oppose the proposed $300 million cut to the UW system.

Earlier this week, the Walker Administration issued more than 110 pages of mistakes in the state budget. The document showed that Gov. Walker is inattentive to the state and the budget and that his administration has switched positions on several issues over the past months.

“It is clear that Gov. Walker and Republican legislators created this terrible fiscal environment through their last two budgets that were irresponsible and had destructive policy choices,” Rep. Barca concluded. “I’m calling upon Republicans to not just soften the blow of this extreme budget but also work with Democrats to rewrite key elements of this budget.”

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 10:18
New Marquette Poll Shows Walker’s Job Approval Down PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 17 April 2015 09:17

walker_wavesA new Marquette Law School Poll released this week finds Gov. Scott Walker’s job approval rating has fallen to 41 percent in Wisconsin. Walker’s campaign for President may be succeeding in other states, but he is failing Wisconsin and the majority of people here know it.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 10:23
Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Walker’s Campaign Travel PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Melissa Baldauff   
Friday, 10 April 2015 12:13

scott-walkerMADISON – Two months after a rolling blunder of a trade mission to the United Kingdom that saw Scott Walker “punt” on basic questions about science and refuse to talk to reporters, records indicate that taxpayers paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for the trip that was a thinly-veiled attempt for Walker to bolster his credentials on foreign policy as he campaigns for president.

Records obtained yesterday by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel show that Walker’s flagship jobs agency, the scandal-plagued Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, paid a total of $138,000 for Walker along with officials from WEDC and several state business leaders to travel overseas.

While Walker has defended his use of taxpayer funds, the Journal Sentinel writes of the trip, “For any potential political candidate, a trip abroad requires substantial resources both in dollars and in staff time setting it up. When those resources can be provided by taxpayers, it frees up political staff and funds for other priorities.”

In February, Wisconsin Democrats filed a complaint against Walker and his presidential campaign, Our American Revival, alleging that their use of state resources to fund what is essentially political travel constitutes an illegal political contribution of services belonging to the State of Wisconsin. The multiple violations alleged in the Party's complaint carry both criminal and civil penalties; some penalties are as high as $10,000 per violation, imprisonment not more than 3-1/2 years, or both.

Details on the cost of Walker’s first taxpayer-funded trip overseas came as Walker is again leaving the state for Europe on a trade mission to Germany, France, and Spain. Despite the trip being billed as an opportunity to "provide state companies with opportunities to establish and develop new partnerships overseas," the Associated Press is reporting that Walker is ending his participation in the trade mission early to attend a political event in New Hampshire with other likely Republican presidential candidates.

“Scott Walker spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds on a trip abroad to promote his presidential campaign under the guise of job creation and now he’s doing it again,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Communications Director Melissa Baldauff said Friday. “Meanwhile, Wisconsin has dropped to 40th in the nation in job growth on his watch, our middle class is shrinking faster than any other state’s, and his flagship jobs agency still can't comply with the law. Instead of spending taxpayer money on an overseas trip he’s ditching early for a presidential campaign event, Scott Walker should be here in Wisconsin doing the job he promised to do last November.”

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 13:58
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