Gubernatorial candidate visits Superior
A Democratic contender for the 2018 Wisconsin governor's race made a trip to Superior last week.
Robert "Bob" Harlow, 25, of Barneveld, said he wants to focus on education, infrastructure, healthcare and engaging the public in the political process.
"I see a broken system where the wealthiest keep getting richer through direct government intervention and you have campaign finance laws, media laws where you don't have to show both sides anymore and a voting system where the hardest working Wisconsinites can't vote because it's not a holiday on election day," Harlow said. "That is shutting the people of Wisconsin out of our political process. We have a lot of work to do to make sure we return to a functioning Democracy and preserve our way of life for future generations."
His top priorities include increasing funding for education, infrastructure and health care.
"What I would do immediately is higher levels of funding for our public schools, for our universities and start doing the work to invest in infrastructure which has been neglected during the Walker administration and make the fundamentals of Wisconsin's economy strong so that companies that have been leaving now people will want to start businesses in Wisconsin again," Harlow said.
Every $1 invested in the UW-System, he said, returns $13 to our economy.
"What you have right now, unfortunately, is a governor who has been taking money out of our infrastructure, out of our education, away from the people of Wisconsin, and giving it to his rich friends," Harlow said. "As governor, I would work for the people of Wisconsin and I would invest because I know that if the people of Wisconsin are strong, our economy is strong."
When asked about funding transportation and broadband infrastructure, he said that the current funding debate is political theatrics.
"There is no problem," he said. "They've given that and more to the wealthiest Wisconsinites in tax breaks."
Harlow is opposed to a $3 billion incentive package to bring Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to Wisconsin.
"We're going to lose money in this deal anyway, but if you live in Superior or Eau Claire or really most cities across Wisconsin you're never going to see that money ever again because nothing is going to happen remotely close to where you live," Harlow said.
He said he would pursue all avenues to keep that money in the hands of the people of Wisconsin and invest in the state.
Harlow said he would also repeal Act 10, the so-called right to work law and restore prevailing wage.
"I would push for moving toward a $15 minimum wage," he said.
Also on his list is accepting federal Medicaid funds and expanding BadgerCare to eventually cover all Wisconsinites. That way, Harlow said, they would be paying for direct care, not an insurance company's marketing bills.
Harlow got his first taste of the political system working for the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign. He also spent a summer working with state Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center.
Although they come from different political ideologies, Harlow said, Schultz worked for the people. He crossed party lines to vote with Democrats on some issues.
"To this day, Dale is one of the finest public servants I know," Harlow wrote on his website.
Opening up the political process to all is one of his top goals. He aims to repeal the Voter ID law, look into making election day a paid holiday and make ballots available by mail even without the absentee process.
Harlow has visited county fairs around the state, speaking and listening to residents.
"I know the issues that are affecting Wisconsinites, I know how Wisconsinites feel about these respective issues and that gives me the ability to effectively lead Wisconsin—where we need to go as a state and how we can mobilize Wisconsinites together to achieve action in our political system," he said.
For more information on Harlow, visit bobharlow.net or the Bob Harlow Facebook page.