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27
Jun
2016

studentsFamilies left behind as wealthy special interests benefit.


MADISON – Over the course of the last six years, Wisconsin’s public schools have seen their funding slashed by $210 per pupil, a new Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo details. While these historic cuts have taken place, private voucher schools have seen an immense increase of $911 per pupil.

“These new figures detail exactly how damaging the Republican budget cuts have been on working families over the years,” said SSDC Executive Director Matt Ullsvik. “We should not be turning our backs on the education of our children. The misplaced budget priorities of Senators Harsdorf, Olsen, and Tiffany on the Joint Finance Committee continue to hurt Wisconsin families and damage the future of this state. The expansion of the private school voucher program continues to funnel money into the already deep pockets of their wealthy donors.”

“Wisconsinites know that every child deserves access to a quality education. Unfortunately, time after time, Republican legislators refuse to adequately fund our public schools. We deserve leaders in Madison who understand the importance of education for the future of our state. Wisconsin voters recognize that it’s time for a change,” Ullsvik concluded.

Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Sam Erickson   
 
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24
Jun
2016

school-bus-kidsAfter five years of neglect and giveaways to unaccountable voucher schools under Scott Walker, our public school students have seen general aid supporting their education cut by over $200 each. Voucher school students are getting nearly $1000 more.

Written by State Senate Democrats   
 
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23
Jun
2016

senateMembers at odds over transportation delays, Trump candidacy.


MADISON - In a week marked by inaction among congressional Republicans, Wisconsin’s GOP leaders are facing turmoil of their own.

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans reiterated their hard-line opposition to infrastructure investments, contrary to overwhelming public support for investment into our state’s decaying roads and bridges.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has struggled to maintain support of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy amid ongoing controversies surrounding his racist remarks.

"This week has proven that Republicans are incapable of making the tough choices needed to move our state and our nation forward," said Matt Ullsvik, SSDC Executive Director. "While Republicans continue to bicker amongst themselves, Democrats remain focused on promoting positive reforms that strengthen the middle class, invest in the future, and move Wisconsin forward. Instead of partisan posturing, Wisconsin families want to see results."

Experts have said that failing to invest in our infrastructure now will result in costly project delays, decreased road safety, and fewer jobs. In spite of this, Republican leaders have been unwilling to stand up and propose any long-term transportation funding solutions.

Donald Trump's candidacy has also presented challenges to the fractured Republican caucus. Senate Republicans have refused to condemn the erratic candidate's blatantly racist remarks, while Senator Fitzgerald doubled down on his support of the divisive presidential contender this week in an attempt to unify an increasingly fractured and dissatisfied base.

"Hardworking families are tired of Republican inaction and are eager for a change in Wisconsin," added Ullsvik. "Across the state, Democratic candidates are offering a positive vision for the future that focuses on growth, innovation, and opportunity. Commonsense Democratic proposals to expand student loan refinancing, childcare tax credits, and retirement security are resonating with voters who have grown tired of the misplaced Republican agenda. This week's public display of inaction and partisanship from majority party members reinforces the need for new leadership."

Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Sam Erickson   
 
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22
Jun
2016

dems-v-repubThe emergence of a new major party is unlikely, and it appears American voters are doomed to a choice between the two most disliked major party nominees in polling history. They both will play on fear of the other. But what can we do?

Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
 
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