OP ED: Politician-made perfect storm could damage our kids’ schools

This is being reprinted with permission from Save Our Schools Wauwatosa. It originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and OnMilwaukee.com and was written by Mary Young. Most of you know how I feel about public schools and I think this bears reprinting here: There’s a perfect storm heading toward…

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Drinking and legislating might not mix…

After a bomb threat forced the evacuation of the state Capitol yesterday, lawmakers from both parties decided to have an impromptu “beer summit” at The Coopers Tavern, a bar across the street from the Capitol. Among those lawmakers who were a part of the summit was Republican State Rep. Dale…

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Kooyenga and Darling’s plan to kill the Milwaukee Public Schools

It’s out there now, the Republican plan (pdf) to start peeling off Milwaukee Public Schools and handing them over to private operators. And it’s awful. Sponsored by suburban Republicans Rep. Dale Kooyega and Sen. Alberta Darling, it is full of bad ideas and presents a possible future for MPS that is…

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Suburban Republican legislators Dale Kooyenga & Alberta Darling think they know how to fix Milwaukee!

Apparently Republican State Rep. Dale Kooyenga of upper class Brookfield and Republican State Sen. Alberta Darling of filthy rich River Hills think they know just how to fix poverty in the City of Milwaukee. Rep. Kooyenga and Sen. Darling, who’s famous for privatizing the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare and…

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I am not an economist, but even I know that supply side economics is a crock.

It’s nothing but magical thinking…no better than “if you build it, they will come”. It is not the “rising tide that lifts all boats” that Jack Kemp, one of the earliest advocates of enterprise zones, promised when he introduced the use of tax cuts to stimulate economic growth in certain…

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Public Hearing on Rep Sanfelippo’s County Board Reform Bill AB 85 Set for April 10th…

NEVER MIND THAT THIS BILL IS AIMED SQUARELY AT AND WILL AFFECT ONLY MILWAUKEE COUNTY…the public hearing will be held in the capitol in Madison and nowhere near any Milwaukee County constituent! SHAME! Wednesday April 10th, 2013 10 AM Room 225 Northwest!

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Problem With Walker Budget Means Borrowing $1 Billion

On Friday the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured an article quoting the Wisconsin State Legislature’s budget office had reported that under Governor Walker’s budget proposal, the state would be required to borrow nearly $1 billion dollars over the two year period. Most of that money, $994 million, would go to the…

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Whither MKE Cnty: Sanfelippo reneges.

I have received a number of emails concerning State Representatve and former professional part time county supervisor Joe Sanfelippo’s reversal on allowing the county board to reform themselves. He has lined up a number of new co-sponsors including Milwaukee’s State Senator Lena Taylor and State Rep Dale Kooyenga (R –…

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Dale Kooyenga knows how to use Google, but so do I!

“I literally Googled `stupid Wisconsin laws’ and this one came up as No. 1,” said Republican State Rep. Dale Kooyenga of Brookfield, referencing a Wisconsin law making it illegal for restaurants to serve margarine as a replacement for butter. It’s worth noting the law was implemented as a way of…

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