MADISON (WKOW) -- Reaction to Gov. Walker's budget came quickly after he delivered it Wednesday night.
Below are statements sent by state lawmakers:
Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona)
"No state in the Midwest is doing worse in job growth than Wisconsin,'' Kolste said. "Governor Walker apparently intends to double down on failed policy.''
Kolste campaigned on working to improve education, providing access to health care and finding ways to create family-supporting jobs, she said.
Governor Walker kept referring to his budget initiatives as "performance based,'' Kolste said. "But his performance on jobs and the economy in his first two years doesn't measure up.''
She finds it ironic that the phrase "performance based'' is attached to a budget that invests heavily in voucher schools, she said. "Voucher schools aren't accountable to the public for their performance,'' she added.
The governor's claim that his Medicaid plan will give more people access to medical care in Wisconsin simply untrue, Kolste said.
"Of all the empty rhetoric we heard in the budget address, his plan for people without health care is the most galling,'' Kolste said. "His numbers just don't add up,'' she said. "Low income families won't be able to afford the copays and deductibles.''
"This administration's priorities appear to be to leave out Wisconsin values of education, increasing access to health care and creating jobs with living wages,'' Kolste said.
The 2010 budget cut more than $1.6 billion from public education, Kolste said. This budget returns a tiny portion of that while funneling money to unaccountable voucher schools. The governor seems intent on damaging public schools, she said.
"The attack on public schools is an attack on working and middle class families,'' Kolste said. "Good public schools drove prosperity in this state and nation for decades.''
Kolste noted that some legislative Republicans have criticized the expansion of voucher schools and the rejection of the federal Medicaid money.
"I am hopeful but not confident that common sense will prevail and some of the worst aspects of this budget are changed,'' she said.
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