Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Walker's Big Government Republicans Spend more, take Local Control Away.

Republicans continue to spend more taxpayer money than ever before, despite their rhetoric and reputation as fiscal conservatives.

A big Republican government is pure and righteous, with God and freedom on its side, while Democrats are the enemy. It's that simple. But if you look at this spending chart, their bullshit falls apart:

Unfunded Mandates and State control over Local Government: Rep. Peter Barca asked the
Legislative Fiscal Bureau for a list of unfunded mandates and laws that stripped local control:
Representative Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said a new memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau details a long list of 64 ways that Republican legislators have significantly expanded the reach of state government over the past three and a half years. Wisconsin Republicans have substantially increased the role of state government by eliminating local control and increasing the number of unfunded mandates passed on to local communities. 

"From historic cuts to school funding (2011 Act 32) to eliminating key landlord/tenant provisions (2013 Act 76), Republicans are slashing critical public services while catering to special interests. Republicans passed a measure (Act 146) that significantly restricts the ability of local communities to set their own hours for early voting. Assembly Republicans also introduced the following extreme measures last session that would have severely eroded local community power:
•AB 476 –a bill that would dictate how individual communities regulate frac sand mining, which was put forward despite strong opposition from groups like the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Wisconsin Towns Association.

•AB 750 –a bill to keep hardworking men and women from earning a living wage by attempting to roll back local living wage ordinances that have, in some communities, been successfully in place for years

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