“I have two teenagers and I tell them that nothing good happens after midnight. That’s even more true in politics,” [Walker] said in a statement. “The people of Wisconsin deserve to know what their elected leaders are voting on.” [Associated Press, 4/25/2010]
That was Walker a little over a year ago when he was campaigning for Governor.
But just last night, the Assembly was yet again voting in the early hours of the morning, passing amendments without debate, that hadn’t been seen by anyone outside of a small group of people who negotiated behind closed doors.
At 2am in the morning, the Assembly voted to expand student vouchers to second-class cities statewide. After deleting a voucher program expansion to the Green Bay School District because there wasn’t sufficient local support, they passed an even bigger expansion that stretches statewide. Cities like Appleton, Janesville, Eau Claire, Stevens Point, Wausau, and yes, even Green Bay.
$35 million is already being pulled out of our strapped school system so that Walker’s wealthy friends can use public tax dollars to send their kids to private schools in Milwaukee County. On top of the $2.3 billion in tax cuts the legislature passed that wealthy people and corporations can expect over the next decade, they get nice fat checks, sort of like a tax rebate, to pay for their kids to attend private schools.
One can only imagine the expense and devastation this will bring to schools in these cities.