Say No to Vouchers, Wisconsin

If ever you wanted to act to save our public schools, now is the time! The Joint Finance committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday at 10am in Madison to vote to take money away from public schools and give it to private voucher schools in Wisconsin.

We need you to contact each and every member of the Joint Finance Committee (found here: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/jfc/Pages/default.aspx) and deliver loudly and clearly a very simple message:

-Revenue limits must be increased by at least $275 per student so that we can start filling the hole in resources created by cuts in the 2011-13 budget and begin reinvesting in our public school children.
-Take all items related to private school vouchers, for-profit charters, and the charter authorizing board out of the budget because they are policy items, have nothing to do with the state’s finances, and deserve separate and open debate.

Join us tomorrow in Madison at the Capitol at 10am. Please don’t forget to pass along this message and ask your friends, colleagues, neighbors to act now. Direct them to Say No To Vouchers to learn more.

Support our public schools, say no to Wisconsin school vouchers. At a time of tight resources, put our Wisconsin public schools first.

Governor Walker’s Budget Bends Over Backwards To Please Tea Party Extremists

Focuses On Short-Term Fixes For Special Interests At Behest Of The Middle Class

MADISON – We Are Wisconsin Executive Director Kristen Crowell released the following statement following Governor Scott Walker’s budget address to both houses of the State Legislature.

“Last night Governor Walker cast aside the best interests of struggling Wisconsinites in favor of an extremist agenda aimed solely at furthering his own national profile in advance of a 2016 Presidential run” said Kristen Crowell, We Are Wisconsin Executive Director.

“From rejecting federal expansion of the Medicaid program, resulting in higher costs while fewer people gain access to health care services, to increasing funding for unaccountable private school voucher programs, Governor Walker has yet again put politics and his own personal ambitions ahead of the people of Wisconsin” continued Crowell.

“Wisconsin needs a balanced approach and long-term strategies to grow and sustain our economy. Wisconsinites are calling out for reinstating funding for programs slashed in 2011 like public education and health care, not special interest giveaways and tax cuts for the rich that only serve to build up the Governor’s national prominence” concluded Crowell.

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After Two Years of Divisive Politics, Wisconsin GOP Again Promises Moderation

After Two Years of Divisive Politics, Wisconsin GOP Again Promises Moderation 

MADISON – Following two years of divisive partisan political attacks after pledging moderation, Governor Walker is again promising to enter the new legislative session with a moderate agenda.

“Two years ago, Governor Walker entered office under the guise of bipartisanship and a focus on job creation, yet time after time, we’ve seen the Governor’s office and GOP controlled legislature put power grabs and extreme partisanship over creating jobs for the people of Wisconsin. It’s unclear why this time should be any different” said Kristen Crowell, We Are Wisconsin Executive Director.

“From pushing through the largest cuts to public education in state history, to an extremely partisan redistricting process, to the total mismanagement of the WEDC; Governor Walker’s last two years in office have been anything but the moderation that he promised. That two years later, he would again make the same statements just goes to show that he has no intention of following through” said Crowell.