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    Wis. Gov. signs budget cutting education $1.85B

    Wis. Gov. signs budget cutting education $1.85B - CBS News

    Holy OUCH!

    They worked quickly to approve the budget before recall elections in August that could result in Democrats gaining a majority in the Senate and the power to block Walker and the GOP's agenda.

    Democrats assailed the budget as an attack on middle class values since it cuts funding for public schools by $800 million, reduces funding to the UW system by $250 million and cuts tax credits for poor people.

    It also reduces the amount schools can collect from property taxes and other revenue combined, which translates into another education cut of about $800 million. While schools are seeing deep cuts, Walker's budget extends tax breaks to manufacturers, multistate corporations and investors.

    The budget also calls for $500 million in unspecified cuts to Medicaid programs, puts an enrollment cap on the popular Family Care program and increases spending on the state's roads.

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    Re: Wis. Gov. signs budget cutting education $1.85B

    Truly sad.. Sad that children are forced to pay for the mismanagement of the republican party..

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    Re: Wis. Gov. signs budget cutting education $1.85B

    This is what happens when politicians play chess with the public. Nothing but vengeance and personal agendas.

    This governor needs to be shown that he's not a king and he can easily be removed from office by voters.

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    I feel bad for the kids of Wisconsin.
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    Re: Wis. Gov. signs budget cutting education $1.85B

    Quite the biased one sided article there from CBS. Here's a little bit more information that doesn't just make it sound like Walker focused solely on schools, from a Wisconsin paper which doesn't include the Washington spin points.

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs state budget in Green Bay area | Green Bay Press Gazette | greenbaypressgazette.com

    Quote Originally Posted by Green Bay Press Gazette
    t 2:30 p.m., Walker signed the $66 billion 2011-2013 budget that balances a projected $3 billion deficit without raising general taxes, but also cuts more than $1 billion from education and local governments. The budget passed on party-line votes in the Legislature.

    "Our balanced budget makes tough choices while also providing a path to recovery and prosperity for our state and our people," Walker said.

    Outside, Green Bay area teacher Polly Reynolds said the cuts were too severe and the priorities misplaced.

    "You don't cut money to things that are important to you. Wisconsin has some of the top schools in the nation. That's not where you cut your money," Reynolds said.

    "When it ain't broke, don't fix it."

    Walker, who has among the widest latitude for veto power of all U.S. governors, released just 50 vetoes. Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle issued 81 vetoes with the 2009-11 budget, his last before leaving office.

    In addition to vetoing a measure that would have changed how chewing tobacco is taxed, Walker also eliminated a measure to legalize commercial bail bondsmen, voided a provision that would make acquiring lawmakers' ethics statements more difficult and rewrote a section of the budget to now require public employees to work five years before qualifying for pension.

    Walker's private signing at the local manufacturing company was the same venue where he announced his candidacy for governor, and he touted manufacturing as a linchpin to the job creation he has promised since the campaign trail, noting the sector accounted for 13,100 of the 26,400 non-public jobs added this year.
    Sounds like Walker made tough decisions and the unions and local governments have to start pitching in more. Cuts had to be made due to irresponsible past spending measures of past governments, assembly's and state congressional missteps. I know a lot of people are upset, but Walker had to make a decision and he did it. Now let the recalls happen - which is just dinner theater.
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    Re: Wis. Gov. signs budget cutting education $1.85B

    interesting how the article in the OP lumps in "not raising taxes" with "reducing spending" and claims that both are "cuts to education".

    Good on them for balancing their budget.

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    Re: Wis. Gov. signs budget cutting education $1.85B

    Bout time the Governors in these states like WI, NJ, NY started getting the balls to stand up to the union bullies.


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    Re: Wis. Gov. signs budget cutting education $1.85B

    You forgot the part where he gave billions in tax breaks as well.

    This just shows people even more how heartless and evil the right can be.
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    The radical right wing war on the working class continues in full force.

    It is interesting that Walker had to move the location at the last minute. He was going to sign the bill at a notorious anti-union factory but then it came out that the infamous owner was a convicted felon. Nice allies he has - anti-union thugs and criminals.

    http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noq...124524174.html

    Records show Badger Sheet Metal CEO Gregory A. DeCaster was convicted of eight felony counts of income tax evasion and filing false income tax returns in the mid-1990s and was sentenced to three months behind bars. He also was fined $10,000, ordered to pay another $3,700 to cover prosecutors' expenses and given two years of supervised release. "It was something we wish we would have known on the front end," said Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie, acknowledging the oversight by the first-term governor's advance team. Less than an hour after the Journal Sentinel contacted the governor's office to ask about the executive's criminal history, Werwie announced that officials were canceling the event at Badger Sheet Metal and moving it elsewhere. The event will now be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fox Valley Metal-Tech Inc. in Green Bay.

    Werwie said officials decided to change locations because they believed DeCaster's past tax problems would serve as too much of a distraction. "We just want to ensure that the focus . . . is on creating 250,000 new jobs, not about other things," Werwie said.
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    Re: Wis. Gov. signs budget cutting education $1.85B

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Quite the biased one sided article there from CBS. Here's a little bit more information that doesn't just make it sound like Walker focused solely on schools, from a Wisconsin paper which doesn't include the Washington spin points.

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs state budget in Green Bay area | Green Bay Press Gazette | greenbaypressgazette.com



    Sounds like Walker made tough decisions and the unions and local governments have to start pitching in more. Cuts had to be made due to irresponsible past spending measures of past governments, assembly's and state congressional missteps. I know a lot of people are upset, but Walker had to make a decision and he did it. Now let the recalls happen - which is just dinner theater.
    It's too bad Wisconsin is going to balance it's budget and Walker will likely pay for it with his govenor's seat in the end. People hear "education cuts", and turn a blind eye to what the cuts actually are or mean. here in NC there was all this to-do about education cuts and everyone acted like teachers were going to lose their jobs. It was just cuts to administrative positions, but people didn't care to investigate. People somehow equate education cuts to "not caring about children". But that's emotional rhetoric for you. When you don't have the details, make victims instead.
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