More Budget Blues

Senator Kathleen Vinehout released a memo on April 1 outlining a number of largely unnoticed and under-reported changes to Wisconsin's governance, among them

  • removing state funds to pay for the reciprocity agreement between Wisconsin and Minnesota that allows students from across state lines to attend public universities at in-state tuition costs;
  • abolishing the Educational Approval Board that sets standards for and examines details of curriculum and facilities of the for-profit colleges operating in Wisconsin;
  • moving the information technology functions of the non-partisan Government Accountability Board to the Department of Administration (that is overseen by the governor's political appointee), risking the integrity of the state's voter file as well as the reporting system for disclosing campaign donations, lobbying activity and the financial relationships of elected or appointed officials.

You can download and read the complete memorandum here. After you've read it, contact your legislators: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/.


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  • commented 2015-07-07 17:44:00 -0500
    WOW. DO read the complete memorandum. It is shocking and amazing – such hubris and disdain for others is pretty hard to believe.
    Mary Laan
  • commented 2015-07-07 17:39:07 -0500
    I also read in the MJS last week that it includes discontinuing unemployment compensation, and, over a period of the next 2 years will phase out state tax for manufacturers and farms! Which leaves taxes for you and me and small businesses to pay for all the expensive infrastructure manufacturers and farms use (mostly agribusiness, now), food stamps their employees will need, emergency room health care, etc.
    You name it.-
    Mary Laan