Letter: Walker has failed to be a champion for working and middle class
To the Editor:
Wisconsin’s August gubernatorial primary results are in. Wisconsin’s three-term Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers of Plymouth brings a serious election challenge to Scott Walker.
On November 6, Wisconsin’s voters will view Scott Walker’s reelection bid as a referendum on his record as governor. Walker knows this to be true. Perhaps that is why Walker has already begun misleading television commercials in an attempt to rewrite his abysmal, divisive governing record.
Walker’s tenure as governor is a trail of broken promises to the people of Wisconsin.
Broken promise number one was Walker’s pledge to create 250,000 jobs in his first four years.
Since Walker was first elected in 2011, he has failed to be a champion for Wisconsin’s working and middle class families and businesses, especially on improving wages, public education, and healthcare.
Walker and his fellow Republican legislators demonized our teachers early on, then cut public schools’ budgets by hundreds of millions of dollars, while cutting hundreds of millions of dollars to our UW System two-and four-year campuses. Walker, to my recollection, was never elected to cut our public schools nor our public universities. No doubt Wisconsin’s brain drain has greatly accelerated under Walker.
Walker’s promises for better roads and other infrastructure have failed to materialize, harming the economic bottom line for businesses and families alike.
Lastly, according to the Washington Post, the Foxconn boondoggle (approximately $4 billion) could cost Wisconsin taxpayers and businesses $230,700 per job created. That’s corporate welfare paid by Wisconsin’s taxpayers.
Walker’s record is clear…he’s beholden to out-of-state interests, including Taiwanese (Foxconn) interests, rather than tending to the people’s business and needs here in Wisconsin.
As a lifelong public education champion, Tony Evers’ record stands in stark contrast to Scott Walker’s nonstop disrespect for our wonderful public teachers. Evers’ focus as governor will be to lift the working and middle classes through good public schools while championing better wages and job opportunities for Wisconsin’s workforce.
Tony Evers will lead for the people’s interests, including improving our healthcare system and outcomes, improving public infrastructure including roads and broadband, while restoring much-needed public faith and confidence in a corrupt state government.
Badgers won’t get fooled again.
Vote Tony Evers for governor on Tuesday, November 6.