MADISON, Wis. — With University of Wisconsin Badgers’ football returning to Camp Randall Saturday after a several week road trip, One Wisconsin Now supporters will also be returning to the skies above with a message about the failure of Gov. Scott Walker and its impact on students. This week’s banner that will fly overhead for the two hours preceding kickoff: “Walker = Higher Tuition <3 One WI Now.”
“Students are already facing $1 trillion in debt and Scott Walker’s massive tuition hikes are going to add hundreds of millions of dollars in more debt to that staggering number,” said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. “Gov. Walker is paying for new tax breaks to corporations by jacking tuition for UW students.”
The Walker biennial budget slashed $250 million from the University of Wisconsin and $70 million from the technical college system. Walker also demanded hundreds of millions of dollars in additional cuts. This includes a total tuition hike of more than $100 million for UW students over the next two years. The technical college cut tops 30 percent. [Legislative Fiscal Bureau, 6/13/11]
In the past ten months, Walker and the Republicans have also gutted public education by $1.6 billion, are set to cut 53,000 Wisconsinites from access to health care, and actually raised taxes on seniors and working families by $70 million. All the while, taking away the rights of 175,000 Wisconsin workers.
Walker’s moves have come as Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has risen nearly a half percent since he took office and the state has 14,000 more people on unemployment.
“Our state remains torn apart because of Gov. Walker’s actions,” said Ross. “Our students are paying the price because Gov. Walker values campaign contributions from big corporate special interests more than the future of this state.”
One Wisconsin Now’s online community supported a banner during the Badgers’ big football victory against Nebraska. The message on that banner: “RecallScottWalker.org <3 One WI Now.”
More information about Walker’s failure can be found at www.WalkerFailure.com