Walker’s State of the State Rings Hollow to Many Wisconsinites
This is a cross-post by Karen Hickey, communications director at the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.
Amid John Doe investigations into former staff and a recall election imminent, Gov. Walker delivered his second State of the State address last night. In one year in office Gov. Walker has torn our state apart, attacked workers’ rights and dismissed our democracy. As job loss continues to plague Wisconsin, Walker’s actions speak louder than words.
“Gov. Walker lied to the electorate last November, concealing his plans to attack Wisconsin workers and slash funding for local schools and communities. [Last night], his State of the State speech rang hollow to too many Wisconsinites who are living with the everyday realities of the current Wisconsin economy,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “Six months of job loss show that Gov. Walker’s policies are not working. It is time to change course, stop rewarding special interest allies at the expense of the working people of Wisconsin, and get Wisconsin back on track.”
“In the last year Gov. Walker has cost Wisconsin job after job. First, by rejecting high-speed rail initiatives than by enacting a job-killing budget and attacking the rights of Wisconsin workers,” said Stephanie Bloomingdale, secretary-treasurer of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “The people of Wisconsin are smart and see through the rhetoric and half-truths. We look forward to recalling Gov. Walker in the coming months.”
Earlier [yesterday] Wisconsinites throughout out the state gathered in the Senate parlor in the statehouse for the “State of the 99%” to describe what everyday life is really like for ordinary citizens since Gov. Walker took office.
“I depend on BadgerCare to keep my 12-year-old twins healthy,” said Catherine Capellaro, in Madison, who is concerned about the pending cuts leveled at the program. “I’m dismayed that Gov. Walker rewards those already at the top by taking from those who have so little.”
On Jan. 17 more than 1 million signatures to recall Gov. Walker were delivered to the Government Accountability Board. Currently the signatures are in the process of being certified.