Official Press Release of the Racine County Republican Party
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For Immediate Release
Phone: 262.864.1010
May 24, 2013

Democratic Plan Spends an Additional $1.8 billion of Working Families Incomes

In the weekly Democratic Radio Address Rep Cory Mason (D - Racine) announced their plan to force the Wisconsin taxpayers to pay an additional $1.8 billion to more than a decade worth of failing schools across the state and to slash a parent’s ability to choose the best school for their children.

Their list of demands includes:

  • Increasing spending to public schools by $1.6 billion dollars – the amount of money that Wisconsin taxpayers have saved by elimination of collective bargaining by teachers unions
  • Additionally increase spending on a per student basis by $275 or approximately $242 million – knowing full well that this money will not go to students but the bureaucratic districts that continue to get fat while our students suffer.
  • Eliminating a $40 million choice for parents that wish to choose a better education for their children.

“This is simple math, the $1.8 billion dollars in increased spending on schools that have been failing for over a decade will come from the majority of us middle class workers here in Wisconsin,” stated RCGOP Chairman Bill Folk.

Demand number three, elimination of $40 million for expansion of School Choice, will deny parents the right to choose the best education for their children. It would also force parents that wish to remove their child from a failing school to pay twice if they wish to send them to another school.

Rep. Mason also touted that “more than 16,000 people signed petitions to “Stop the Voucher Expansion”” and that “Hopefully Republicans will listen.”

Chairman Folk countered, “Clearly Rep. Mason has been asleep for the past few years.  Governor Walker won a decisive recall victory in 2012 to the tune of 1.3 million votes, or 200,000 more than the Democrat opponent. A recall that Mason should remember related directly to the spending cuts that were made, as well as the Republican vision for the State.”

“Between the 2010 election and the 2012 recall election, the people of Wisconsin have sent a very clear message.  It just seems that the Democrats in Wisconsin have lower reading scores than those in our failing schools.”



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