State of the State Denial

In response to Gov. Scott Walker’s annual State of the State address, We Are Wisconsin executive director Kristen Crowell issued the following statement, as well as appended documentation of Walker’s distortions and outright falsehoods:

“Scott Walker lied his way into office, and continues lying to the people of Wisconsin to this day. Bankrolled by super-rich, out-of-state special interests, Walker and his operatives relentlessly manipulate facts and distort the truth about his first year in office.

“By his own admission, Walker did not balance the state’s books, even though he increased taxes on working families and passed an extreme budget, after which Wisconsin has lost jobs every single month, even though the national economy is adding hundreds of thousands of jobs.

“Walker has spent nearly $10 million on his campaign of deception to convince Wisconsinites his disastrous policies are working, and his speech tonight was simply a regurgitation of those same thoroughly-debunked lies.”

From jobs, to taxes to education, Scott Walker’s speech was filled with lies:

JOB CREATION:During the past year, we added thousands of new jobs”

STATE BUDGET DEFICIT: “And we balanced the state budget”

  • By the exact standard Walker promised to use, his budget is unbalanced. As a candidate, Walker pledged to “Require the use of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to balance every state budget, just as we require every local government and school district to do.”
  • Walker has a $3 billion budget deficit 2011-2013 by his own accounting standard. This was revealed when a letter was quietly sent to the federal government claiming a budget deficit to justify eliminating healthcare for 53,000 Wisconsinites.
  • Yet Walker had stated repeatedly that he has balanced the budget and “eliminated a $3.6 billion budget deficit.”

TAXES: “We balanced the state budget without raising taxes…” AND

“Another important promise I made was to not raise your taxes.”

EDUCATION: “Tonight, I want to thank the many teachers and public servants from across the state of Wisconsin. We appreciate your hard work.”