Wisconsin lawmaker Sondy Pope threatened with arrest at Capitol for observing Solidarity Sing Along. Feels a lot like fascism to me.
The state budget panel approved $123 million in budget cuts, and education is once again taking the biggest hit. The vote was strictly along party lines, with all Republicans voting in favor of the cuts and all Democrats voting against. The cuts include:
- $46 million from the UW system. Damn.
- $227,000 from the Government Accountability Board, which was supposed to implement the new voter ID law.
- $18.6 million from the Department of Health Services, which was supposed to provide assistance to uninsured children.
- $9.5 million from the Department of Corrections, specifically programs related to juveniles and sex offenders.
Wausau Paper will be closing its historic mill in Brokaw, laying off about 450 people. The mill first opened more than 100 years ago.
Meanwhile, Gov. Walker signed bills into law yesterday that:
- Allow homeowners to use deadly force against trespassers
- Cap attorney fees
- Allow school officials to use standardized tests to discipline or fire teachers
- Allow liquor sales to start at 6 a.m.
These new laws are the product of what Walker calls his “laser-focus” on jobs.
“Corporations, and individuals allied with corporations, were invited to come in and take what they would. I determined that the power of this corrupt influence, which was undermining and destroying every semblance of representative government in Wisconsin, should be broken.” - Fighting Bob LaFollette.
Income inequality is on the forefront of the collective America brain. With economists ringing alarm bells, protestors occupying available slivers of public land, and families feeling the squeeze on a daily basis, the American status quo hasn’t been so vocally scrutinized in decades. With so much coverage, it’s easy to get lost in the details—statistics and scandals, history and histrionics. Leave it to Annie Leonard, the activist and cartoonist behind the popular series “The Story of Stuff,” to clear up a how the richest nation on earth can’t afford to pay its bills.
This is, by the way, exactly why Scott Walker must go. He claims we’re broke and then sacrifices education and health care, while subsidizing corporations of the dinosaur economy.
Five Things You Might Not Know About Public Employees
1. Education is by far the largest category of state and local government employment.
2. Outside of education, the public workforce has shrunk as a share of the population over the last three decades.
3. Public-sector workers earn less than their private-sector counterparts. See chart.
4. Public-sector workers also earn less than their private-sector counterparts when one counts both wages and benefits.
5. Labor costs make up a significant share (about 44%) of state and local spending. This reflects the fact that providing services is the primary business of states as well as school districts, cities, counties, and other local governments.
"I’m not somebody who takes recalls lightly. But Scott Walker has governed so extremely and so recklessly, going right at the throat of working people when our families are suffering, that we have no choice."
Russ Feingold. (via wisconsinforward)