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Wisconsin: Did Walker Put $100 Million in Worker-Training Programs?

Four paragraphs aren't sufficient to cpver this analysis, but suffice to say it's only through more of his fuzzy math that Walker (and his backers at the Urinal Sentinel) manage to claim they've put $100 million in worker training. If what I've excerpted, recommend you follow the link ...


This week we’re evaluating a new campaign claim by Gov. Scott Walker that he has invested $100 million in worker-training programs. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s PolitiFact found his claim “Mostly True,” its second-highest rating. To be sure, it’s a claim intended to show that the governor is doing something about Wisconsin’s poor job growth that trails most of the nation and all of the Midwest. But is the claim “Mostly True” or does it miss the mark? Let’s take a look and then you be the judge.

Before we start looking into the worker training investments in Walker’s most recent budget—and there have been some—we must determine an accurate baseline. Instead of starting at $0 and working our way up, we are going to examine the entirety of Walker’s record on investing in technical colleges and worker-training programs. After all, if you owe your friend $50 and pay her back $100, would you be up $100? Of course not. You’d be up $50. So this examination correctly starts with the cuts in Walker’s first budget, which aren’t under dispute. Even PolitiFact themselves rated “True,” their highest rating, the claim that Walker’s first budget enacted the steepest cuts to education in our state’s history, which included a 30% reduction in funding for technical colleges—a $71.6 million cut.


If you look at the worker training monies that the governor added and subtracted during his time as governor you either come up with a net cut of $11.99 million or if you add the money for the UW program and the money for the food assistance program and call that worker training money, you have an increase of $41.51 million. Or if you ignore all of the governor’s cuts to worker training and add in the money for the UW system and the food assistance program, you can actually get the number above the $100 million mark.

Where does this leave us? Much like with the governor’s progress on his promise to create 250,000 new jobs, we’re falling short. Walker has allocated some funding to job training to cover his first budget’s steep cuts to the technical colleges, but the big picture is, with Wisconsin ranked dead last in the Midwest on job creation, it just isn’t enough.

Borowitz: Nation Debates Extremely Complex Issue of Children Firing Military Weapons


WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Across the United States on Wednesday, a heated national debate began on the extremely complex issue of children firing military weapons. “Every now and then, the nation debates an issue that is so complicated and tricky it defies easy answers,” says pollster Davis Logsdon. “Letting small children fire automatic weapons is such an issue.”

Logsdon says that the thorny controversy is reminiscent of another ongoing national debate, about whether it is a good idea to load a car with dynamite and drive it into a tree. “Many Americans think it’s a terrible idea, but others believe that with the correct supervision, it’s perfectly fine,” he says. “Who’s to say who’s right?”

Similar, he says, is the national debate about using a flamethrower indoors. “There has been a long and contentious national conversation about this,” he says. “It’s another tough one.” Much like the long-running national debates about jumping off a roof, licking electrical sockets, and gargling with thumbtacks, the vexing question of whether children should fire military weapons does not appear headed for a swift resolution.

“Like the issue of whether you should sneak up behind a bear and jab it with a hot poker, this won’t be settled any time soon,” he says.

Donations vs Deaths

Maybe we should think twice before donating to something that's basically a publicity stunt ...

Wisconsin: After Threat of Legal Action, Governor’s Office Fulfills Open Records Request


Madison, WI — After 74 days, the Department of Administration has finally turned over more than 500 pages of records detailing Governor Walker’s travel. However, the request for the Governor’s campaign travel remains unanswered. The request went unfulfilled for 50 business days, five-times past the legally advised time period. Stay tuned for more as we review Governor Walker’s records.

“Unfortunately, it took the threat of legal action for Governor Walker to take this request seriously,” said Mark Pocan. “This episode has clearly shown Governor Walker’s disregard for the law as he fights for his political survival. In the end, the Governor’s office complied with the law and now we’ll see just how much travel he has taken as he runs for President.”

Pocan raised the issue back in June as he was trying to determine how much Scott Walker has traveled in his quest for the White House, especially in comparison to the number of jobs he’s created in Wisconsin. (www.WheresScottWalker.com)

Nice of the taxpayers here in Wisconsin to fund the Governer's (sic) presidential campaign.

Military surplus weapons sent to Virginia college campuses

You juist never know when a panty raid might require an armed assault ...


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WTKR) — The same military-surplus program that has sent more than 300 M-16 battlefield rifles to local police departments has also sent the weapons to local colleges. A state-police database obtained by NewsChannel 3 shows the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion University have received fully automatic M-16s through the same surplus program at the center of scrutiny in Ferguson, Mo.


Documents from William and Mary show the college asked for the M-16s to protect dignitaries and to combat terrorism. The campus police, like other agencies, was attracted to the no-cost weapons as a way to keep spending down. “They acquired these weapons from the state, for free, then all we had to do was pay for the training and the ammunition,” said acting police chief Ed Schardein.

That acquisition happened before Schardein was appointed, he said. However once the guns arrived, Schardein said it was clear the extra training needed, and the rifles’ limited usefulness, made them more trouble than they were worth. “My concerns about deploying a fully automatic rifle are just that, it is a fully automatic rifle,” he said. “I don’t see the need for a fully automatic rifle on a campus.”

It’s a different story at Old Dominion University. The Norfolk college’s surplus shopping list included M-16s, shotguns, combat knee pads and elbow pads, ballistic goggles, shields, and metal batons. ODU officials could not find the paperwork justifying all this, but a spokeswoman said the campus police once had a SWAT-style team. It disbanded, and some of the guns were given away. The campus police chief, Rhonda Harris, said the remaining rifles were converted to semiautomatic, meaning they can’t shoot like machine guns. Officers still have access to them.

Who supports the will of the People?

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Republican Party Announces New Education Policy

Meet Mark Harris tonight in Fond du Lac

Mark Harris is running for Congress in Wisconsin's 6th congressional district. Mark will be at the Fond du Lac County Democratic Office from 6:00 to 8:00 tonight.

51 N. Main Street
Fond du Lac

Sorry about the late notice.


Burger King spokesman: "We are not moving to Canada to avoid US taxes ...

Burger King spokesman: "We are not moving to Canada to avoid US taxes. We're moving for the gun control and socialized medicine."


Egypt and the United Arab Emirates launched airstrikes against Islamist militias in Libya. John McCain totally jealous.

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