MADISON – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his state budget proposal:
“Governor Walker is asking the people of Wisconsin to join him in embracing alternative facts and to view an alt-reality budget where his years of destructive cuts to our public schools, our roads and other vital infrastructure never actually happened. This budget proposal is first and foremost about helping Scott Walker and not about helping Wisconsinites trying to make ends meet.
“The budget creates a new set of talking points for Gov. Walker’s future political ambitions, but his record of lackluster job growth in our state speaks for itself. Walker’s newly proposed investments in the state are meager compared to the austerity measures he has forced on Wisconsin public schools, technical colleges and struggling families. Unfortunately, it’s too little, too late.
“Regardless the shade of lipstick Governor Walker puts on the pig, because of his massive cuts to our public education system and universities over the last six years, the state is experiencing a race to the bottom where our public schools are left to raid one another in search for qualified teachers. Teachers are leaving Wisconsin to states like Minnesota where there is greater support for public education. Students across the state are graduating with massive amounts of debt, wages are stagnant and Wisconsin’s job-growth is still sluggish at best.”