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Sen. Mark Miller responds to Gov. Walker's budget address

Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona) Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona)

UNDATED (WKOW) -- Democratic Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) released a statement Tuesday in response to Gov. Scott Walker's budget address.

Here is the full text of the statement:

"Over the last two weeks, we have seen the Republicans' overreach exposed.

Their attempts to use a mini budget as an excuse to strip workers of their rights, grab power, threaten health insurance programs for uninsured children, prescription drugs for seniors, and reward contributors with no bid contracts have prompted an unprecedented public outcry.

The Governor and Republicans have refused to reach a reasonable middle ground even though workers have agreed to the economic concessions the governor said he needs and Democrats have offered numerous alternative solutions.

Now we have seen the Governor unveil a budget that takes the Republican attacks on middle class and working families and the values they hold dear to a whole new level.

What the Governor has proposed is nearly $1.5 billion in devastating cuts to public schools, local fire and police protection, and the University of Wisconsin.

The Governor's budget will increase class sizes, layoff teachers, police and firefighters will be laid off, and tuition will increase.

Programs that help seniors stay in their homes and afford their prescription drugs, help get people access to affordable health care, and help families care for family members that are disabled will be threatened.

Nonetheless, the Governor was able to find money to give to large corporations that avoid paying their fair share.

The Governor's budget bill is quite simply balancing the budget on the backs of the middle class and working families; seniors, people with disabilities, children and small businesses.

Clearly the Republicans have not been listening to the people of Wisconsin who are looking to them to build up the middle class, create jobs and get our economy back on track. 

Democrats will continue to fight on behalf of working families in Wisconsin."

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