Act 10 Success Diminishes Recall Effort

An accurate assessment of the recall picture.

As communities continue to provide Act 10 success stories, the efforts of recall organizers against Governor Walker become more difficult. And with tax bills arriving soon, the positive results for Wisconsin taxpayers will make those recall efforts even more ominous.

Governor Walker’s reforms have produced some stunning results, turning a budget around that was structurally unsound. School districts and communities throughout the state are in much better financial shape due to the moves undertaken by the Walker administration. The following results were tabulated by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, based on responses from over 83% of all school districts:

  • New teacher hires outnumber layoffs by 1213 positions
  • 75% of districts maintained or decreased class sizes for K-3
  • 67% of districts maintained or decreased class sizes for 4-6
  • 92% of districts kept or expanded sports programs
  • 89% of districts kept or expanded technology support staff
  • 85% or more kept or increased their guidance, social work, and psychology staff
  • 90% of districts kept or expanded gifted and talented staff
  • 96% of districts kept or expanded early childhood staff
  • 96% of districts kept or expanded AP sections and courses
  • 82% of districts kept or expanded vocational/technical programs
  • 82% of districts kept or expanded art programs
  • 84% of districts kept or expanded music programs
  • 87% of districts kept or expanded foreign language programs

Even more telling though were the results from three districts from Southern Wisconsin that didn’t implement the reform tools.

The most telling results of the WASDA survey came from responses by the Milwaukee, Kenosha and Janesville districts. Those districts accounted for 68% of all teacher layoffs in the state, yet only represent 12.8% of Wisconsin students. These three districts did not adopt the reforms put in place by Governor Walker and Act 10, and were not able to utilize the tools offered to control costs.

So when you see the ads put out by recall organizers, liberal 3rd party groups and public sector unions keep in mind their “information” to support their claims comes from districts that didn’t utilize the tools offered via Act 10.

As pointed out, the whole picture isn’t presented:

If they were honest, they would discuss how 51% of districts reduced extracurricular programs in 2004 (according to WEAC), before Act 10 tools were available. Or the fact that over the past five years, the property tax levy has increased by an average of $181 million per year. Not so this year, as the K-12 school tax levy will actually decrease by $47 million.

Be sure to point out these successes when you encounter those pushing to recall Governor Scott Walker.  In any discussion about the direction of Wisconsin point out not only how Act 10 has been a success, point out as well the results being seen where the tools offered weren’t implemented.

 

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Mainstream Media’s Hypocrisy

On full display when it comes to recall petitions in Wisconsin.

When a conservative media outlet brings up concerns:

Just as the recall petition circulating process was getting underway in November of last year, Media Trackers unearthed privacy concerns over the way information on a recall petition could be used. At the time, Media Trackers pointed out that recall petitions are different than other electoral documents such as voter registration forms and nominating papers, and because of that the information on them could be used against those who sign a petition.

The PolitiFact division of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted the report and chose to review it. They rated the conclusions “Mostly False,” even after agreeing with the substance of Media Trackers’ analysis of the facts and statements related to the issue.

Yet when a liberal group brings up the SAME concerns, there is silence.

Now, two months after the Media Trackers report and PolitiFact’s rating of it, the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin is expressing concern over privacy issues and the recall process. In a story reported by TMJ4, WISN-TV, WKOW-TV and WXOW-TV, the ACLU is suggesting that steps need to be taken by the Government Accountability Board to keep the information of domestic abuse victims private even as other signatures are released.

While the Media Trackers report on these concerns earned negative coverage in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, now that a liberal group is echoing those same concerns, the newspaper and other critics of the report at the time are remaining silent.

Shocking the hypocrisy shown by the mainstream media outlets.  Just more proof the mainstream media is in the hip pocket of liberals.

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Kleefisch: “It’s Our Turn”

Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch is spot on with this speech at a rally to support Governor Scott Walker this past weekend.

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Hypocrisy of Wisconsin Democrats

Hypocrisy is on full display in the Wisconsin recalls.

Just days after recall petitions were turned into the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is demanding Governor Walker cease a so-called “recall stall” and effectively end the verification process for the nearly one million recall signatures.

Despite a signature gathering period marred by numerous concrete and anecdotal incidents of fraud, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is brazenly demanding Governor Walker “instruct his fanatics” to cease their efforts to verify the recall signatures. Their logic of course being that since the Democratic Party claimed they have one million signatures, it would be “frivolous” to ascertain how many of those signatures are valid.

And here’s why this call by Mike Tate and the Wisconsin Democrats is total hypocrisy.

  • For over 3 weeks in early 2011, 14 Democratic state senators fled Wisconsin to Illinois to indefinitely delay a vote on Governor Walker’s Budget Repair Bill.
  • When the Budget Repair Bill was passed in mid-March 2011, Democrat Secretary of State Doug La Follette delayed publishing the new law.
  • Before the Budget Repair Bill could go into effect, Democrat District Attorney Ismael Ozanne filed a lawsuit with the Dane County Circuit Court to issue a stay on the law.
  • After losing the 2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court election, liberal candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg demanded a month-long recount that saw little change in the vote totals and confirmed a Prosser victory.

The recall is going to be expensive for taxpayers. However it’s only going to be expensive because the Democrats insisted on it. Instead of waiting until the next election, they threw a tantrum that is resulting in something totally unnecessary.

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