Just think, the Republican legislature gets to go out on the road and present defend their proposed 2015 – 2017 budget. One of the sticking points in this budget is the $300 million cuts to the renowned University of Wisconsin System. And of course one of the places where they are holding public hearings on the budget is the City of Milwaukee, home of the states second largest campus, the one that educates more Wisconsin residents than any other in the system.

But those very same legislators, who talk a good game while they are in Madison, don’t talk so tough when they have to visit the big city. In fact they are doing absolutely everything in their power to avoid confrontation and actually meeting with those people most affected: the faculty, staff and students from UW-Milwaukee:

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee often takes second place to its big sister campus in Madison in research and academic status, despite having many excellent programs of its own.

But one place UWM doesn’t need to concede is resident enrollment. UWM enrolls more Wisconsin born-and-raised undergrads than even Madison, and many more than any other university in the state. UWM is the school that teaches more Wisconsin young adults than any other, and more of those graduates stay in Wisconsin, and live and work and pay taxes here.

So, as Gov. Scott Walker proposes $300 million in funding cuts across the University of Wisconsin System over the next two years, and the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is obliged to hold daylong regional hearings on his budget proposal, you might suppose that the faculty, staff and students of the largest undergraduate school in the state would have something to say.

I’m sure they do. But will they be able to?

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is holding four regional hearings across Wisconsin. For the Southeast Region, dominated by Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s largest city and its educational and economic engine of manufacturing and growth, that hearing will be held Friday, during work hours, at Alverno College, a Catholic women’s school, on the far south side, while UWM is on spring break.

Many faculty and staff and most students of UWM will not even be in town when this hearing is held. They will be vacationing or spending time with family or friends. If they don’t go on vacation, they will go home, which is what you do on spring break. Most don’t hang around a deserted campus for political purposes.

Way to go Joint Finance Committee…way to actually give the public voice a fair hearing. What a bunch of chicken shit nonsense.

3 Responses to Wisconsin GOP Legislators Are Totally Intimidated

  1. Jerry says:

    Walker and the Republican lap dog legislators are in the process of cutting everything that works for the betterment of our citizens in Wisconsin. Wouldn’t you think that an entity such as the U W system that generates $5 billion in economic activity and employs thousands would be supported and rewarded for the contribution to the Wisconsin economy. If this was a corporation or a company either thinking of leaving the state or coming to the state with $5 billion of economic potential Walker, his legislators and WEDC would be giving them $300 million to stay or to enter. When the multiplier effect of how each dollar of employee spending multiplies within the local community and goes on to grow the economy; commonsense shows how foolhardy these cuts will be to the Wisconsin economy. We saw Walker take $1 billion out of the economy with Act 10 cutting public employee and teacher take home pay drastically. Walker and friends have never been able to understand or believe that the middle class grows the economy and creates jobs with their consumer spending. We have seen his policies constantly attack the working and middle class and leave wages stagnant if not in decline. The consequences are that Wisconsin has now sunk to last in Midwest job growth and our economy is going no where. Walker’s agenda is to double down on these failed policies and let Wisconsin free fall into fiscal chaos!

  2. nonquixote says:

    Guest Spencer Black completely eviscerates Julian Bradley. Nothing Bradley says could not have been cut and pasted from anyone else parroting the right-wing party line. If this is the best WPR can do furthering public education, maybe the budget cuts are warranted.

    One has to wonder why WPR continues to offer any air time to these pathetic “politicians,” with no socially redeeming message, much less any actual beneficial public legislative action, to excuse their involvement in state government on any levels of power or control.

    nonquixote • an hour ago

    The ideological and idea-less Julian Bradley on the show today has given nothing but party-line rhetoric from blaming Doyle for being responsible for the 2008 Bush recession to saying he is sorry for people who may suffer under Walker’s budget cuts to IRIS, but he HOPES those Walker cuts, that will result in citizen deaths, MIGHT not happen. Not one word that he would work to make sure these programs are unaffected and remain strong. Willing to pretend to defend the indefensible budget is done to win gold stars on his party loyalty graph. Nothing more.

    Anyone hearing this brown-nosing political hack will now realize the most likely reason that he ran for WI Sec of State last year, which I have not seen reported anywhere. Winning that SoS election would have put Julian behind Becky Kleefisch for succession to the eventual gubernatorial position if Walker moved on to winning in 2016.

    A political climber of the worst sort, seems that Julian chose to be a Republican because it is easier to memorize the party-line lies and to not answer questions posed, and, that this would be a shortest possible route to his own aggrandizement to greater power in the right-wing political circus, nearest and shortest potential route for riding shotgun in the clown car. A charlatan and another wanna-be, unqualified to hold ANY public office.

    http://www.wpr.org/shows/week-review-state-budget-jobs-presidential-politics-and-more

    • MadCityVoter says:

      I used to think that WPR put particularly obnoxious, evaissive, vacuous or out-and-out dumb conservatives on air as part of their liberal bias. Then I figured that maybe these were perhaps the only conservatives willing to go on WPR, and that the smart ones who could argue a good case were sticking to what they perceived as friendlier venues and audiences. Then I realized that there were no smart ones.

      A good reason to keep WPR fully funded — nothing convinces people of the truth of an idea like letting them observe and formulate it for themselves.

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