The following is a transcript from part of
Ed Schultz’s March 1 broadcast on MSNBC
ED SCHULTZ: Governor Scott Walker has leveled the largest assault on public education in the history of the state of Wisconsin. Late [on Tuesday] thousands of locked out protesters stood in the cold and chanted while Governor Walker gave his budget address inside the capitol.
“The A.P.” reports Walker‘s budget includes, well, nearly a 9 percent cut in aid to schools which would amount to a reduction of nearly $900 million. The governor also proposed requiring school districts to reduce their property tax authority by an average of $550 per pupil. So much for a commitment.
Here‘s how the governor put it during his speech:
GOV. SCOTT WALKER: Just as we reform our entitlement programs for the 21st century, we must also reform our education system. Clearly, we have to produce graduates who are able to compete not only with their peers from Chicago or Des Moines, but also from Shanghai or Sydney, and we want to do so while we balance a $3.6 billion deficit. That is why even as we reduce school aids, overall, we give schools across the state the tools to make up for those reductions with even greater savings through the budget repair bill. Again, this is why it‘s so vitally important for the Senate Democrats to come back home and do their jobs. If they do not, our schools face massive layoffs of teachers.
SCHULTZ: No threat there. This is a classic Republican logical thinking by the way they see the world.
Walker is going to help Wisconsin school children. He‘s going to help them compete by cutting nearly $1 billion from public education? You think that‘s going to work?
Walker blames 14 Democrats for massive teacher layoffs when he‘s the one that‘s cutting the budget? Democrats don‘t want this.
This isn‘t just about an attack on teacher unions. This is an attack on every taxpayer in the state of Wisconsin and it seems to be contagious.
Cities would get nearly $60 million less in state aid in Walker‘s budget plan, an 8.8 percent cut.
Counties would lose over $36 million. That‘s a 24 percent reduction.
And the legislation—get this—would outlaw local governments‘ ability to increase property taxes except to account for new construction.
Now, think about that. If they have a shortfall of money coming into their district and they say, “Well, you know, let‘s get our community together, our town together and decide what we‘re going to do”—no, can‘t do that. […]