Here’s a whiny press release conveying Davis’ phony outrage over something HE VOTED ON:
But didn’t Davis know HE VOTED for the state spending? From another press release, this time from Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Henry Sanders:
Lieutenant Governor candidate and State Representative Brett Davis has learned that the Wisconsin Department of Corrections is now using state dollars to pay for driver’s licenses and state-issued identification cards for prison inmates. Davis learned the policy change went into effect on July 1 of this year. Previously, inmates were charged for the licenses and ID Cards.
“As families across Wisconsin struggle to make ends meet, it makes no sense for the taxpayers to pick up the tab for driver’s licenses for inmates,” said Davis. “Governor Doyle should immediately end this ill-advised program. We shouldn’t be giving special privileges to prisoners. Rather than giving an inmate a $43 break, why not help out a law abiding taxpayer, or use the money to balance the budget,” asked Davis.
“These absurd spending programs continue to show Governor Doyle to be hopelessly tone deaf to the will of the people of Wisconsin.”
Davis also expressed concerns about the immigration implications of issuing State ID cards to prisoners.
Henry Sanders, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, today questioned why State Rep. Brett Davis has publicly condemned a proposal he, himself, voted for … in the 2007-2008 State Budget. “Either Brett Davis is lying to voters to score cheap political points, or he was just asleep at the switch and didn’t read the bill he voted for,” said Sanders. “I’m not sure which is worse, but Wisconsin certainly deserves better from its elected officials.”
The identification card proposal was introduced through the legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance by Republican Rep. Scott Suder and Democrat Mark Pocan as part of the 2007-2008 Department of Corrections budget. The measure passed with a unanimous 16-0 bi-partisan vote, and was forwarded to the full legislature. Davis was one of 23 Republican representatives voting in favor of the bill. “This is just another example of the revisionist history,” said Sanders. “Before Brett Davis sends out charges of government waste he may want to check his own voting record first.”