Issue of the Week: Legislature Fast-Tracks a $100 Million Donation to Walker
We highly doubt that Walker is pushing this bill at lightning speed because he’s so concerned about public schools or property tax relief. After all, Walker’s 2011-2013 budget cut public school funding by $800 million. His new two-year budget actually increases property taxes and still would create a $725 million deficit heading into the next budget. The $100 million he’s offering up now would merely reduce his property tax hike by $1.08 a month for the average homeowner.
No, Walker isn’t interested in fully funding the public schools or reducing property taxes. He’s trying to create a campaign commercial for next year’s gubernatorial election and steal some of the media attention now being focused on his newly announced Democratic challenger, businesswoman Mary Burke.
Walker’s scheme doesn’t really show his support for public schools or property tax relief. It should be considered a $100 million donation to his re-election campaign.