In case you haven’t heard, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has embarked on a motorcycle tour to
promote his gubernatorial campaign “promote Milwaukee County,” and today’s leg of Walker’s tour will take him through Ladysmith, Phillips, Arbor Vitae, Rhinelander, Antigo, and Wausau. It’s been widely documented that Walker was opposed to federal stimulus funds (before he turned around and asked the feds for some stimulus bucks), so I as a part of Walker’s “Rolling Blunder” tour, I thought I’d take a moment to highlight some of the ways stimulus funds have been used to the benefit of the locations Walker will be visiting today.
- LADYSMITH: $11,018 to the School District of Ladysmith to help make available special education and related services for children with disabilities age 3 through 5 years. Additionally, the City of Ladysmith will receive $1,260,000 for expansions of the City of Ladysmith’s Meadowbrook Center and Fritz Avenue manufacturing facilities by providing for addition of 34,500 sq. ft. of leaseable manufacturing space, which is expected to result in 136 new jobs.
- PHILLIPS: Just over $200,000 to the Phillips School District to assist that district in providing special education and related services to children with disabilities in accordance with Part B of the IDEA.
- ARBOR VITAE: $8,280 to the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff Joint School District to make available special education and related services for children with disabilities age 3 through 5 years.
- RHINELANDER: $15,630,077 to the City of Rhinelander for financing the construction of wastewater treatment facilities.
- ANTIGO: $632,213 to the Unified School District of Antigo to assist that district in providing special education and related services to children with disabilities in accordance with Part B of the IDEA.
- WAUSAU: Just over $6.5 million to the Wausau School District for assistance for elementary and secondary education and public institutions of higher education, and for modernization, renovation, or repair of public school facilities and institutions of higher education facilities, including modernization, renovation, and repairs that are consistent with a recognized green building rating.
- Just over $127,000 to Marathon County to assist it in ensuring citizens are up to date with their required vaccinations.
It’s too bad Scott Walker won’t be visiting any of these sites to tell them why he thinks they didn’t deserve to get federal stimulus funds to help create jobs, provide for more special education services for children, and build new wastewater treatment facilities.