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Wed Aug 12, 2015, 10:17 AM

2. American Bridge to the 21st Centruy: "Meet Scott Walker — For Real This Time"

Walker keeps promising detailed policy statement will show up on his website, but this is just one more promise that Walker has shamelessly broken. American Bridge to the 21st Century has helpfully filled the gap:



Education

Walker cut $800 million in K-12 education in 2011, which was the largest per-pupil cut in the nation that year. As a result, school districts cut 2,312 positions the following year, contributing to an increase in the statewide student-to-teacher ratio.
Walker cut $362.2 million from the University of Wisconsin System from 2011 to 2013.

In 2015, Walker proposed a $300 million cut from the University of Wisconsin. At the time of writing, the budget has not been finalized.

Walker created a $10,000 tax deduction for private school tuition. It could cost the state $30 million per year.

In his 2013 budget, Walker expanded school vouchers statewide. In his 2015 budget proposal, he attempted to eliminate the statewide cap on voucher schools.

In his 2015 budget, Walker proposed an additional $300 million in cuts to the UW system. The cuts were reduced to $250 million by the legislature.

Women

Walker opposes abortion in cases of rape, incest, and even life of the mother, saying, “the unborn child can be protected and there are many alternatives that would protect the life of the mother.”
Walker signed legislation that would, as a practical matter, require some women seeking an abortion to undergo a medically unnecessary and invasive transvaginal ultrasound.

Walker supports so-called “conscience” clauses for pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for the day-after pill.

Walker rolled back part of Wisconsin’s equal pay legislation, making it more difficult for women to sue their employers when they discover they are being paid less than their male counterparts for equivalent work.

Walker supports ending funding for Planned Parenthood and “defunded Planned Parenthood” in Wisconsin, in his own words.

LGBTQ

Walker opposes marriage equality and supported efforts to defeat it.
Walker opposed the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage and called for a constitutional amendment allowing states to define marriage.

Walker opposed a law that allowed gay couples to obtain hospital visitation rights, declared it unconstitutional, and attempted to defeat it in court.

In 2009, Walker prevented expansion of benefits to domestic partners of Milwaukee County employees.

Working Americans

Walker said the minimum wage was “lame” and that he didn’t believe it served a purpose. He opposed attempts to increase the state minimum wage.
Walker signed legislation nullifying paid-sick leave programs instituted by local municipalities like Milwaukee.

Walker’s 2011 budget repair bill eliminated collective bargaining rights for most government employees in Wisconsin.

Walker has said he hopes to “divide and conquer” unions.

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