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LETTER: Assembly bill stifles future

To The Telegram: I voted against the Assembly Republican version of the budget. I have never seen such extreme partisan action. This is a terrible budget bill. The budget proposed by Assembly Republicans devastates education at all levels: K-12, ...

To The Telegram:

I voted against the Assembly Republican version of the budget. I have never seen such extreme partisan action. This is a terrible budget bill.

The budget proposed by Assembly Republicans devastates education at all levels: K-12, the University of Wisconsin and technical colleges. It imposes draconian reductions on local government at all levels, from the town to the county. It guts all attempts to do something about health care. It is bad for the environment.

We did not offer any amendments. There is no point in putting lipstick on a pig -- it will still wallow in the mud.

One of the most shocking things about the GOP proposal is its lack of fiscal responsibility. It is loaded with pork barrel projects. It is loaded with nonfiscal policy items. The structural deficit that it leaves is 1 1/2 times what the governor proposed. These are the very things that Republicans continually lecture others against.

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This budget is just one tornado or flood away from insolvent. The balance at the end is only $5 million, compared with the $180 million proposed by Gov. Jim Doyle.

The Republican proposal is disastrous for schools. If I were Ann Coulter, I would ask: "Why do you hate our kids?"

The budget now goes to a conference committee, where the two different visions of Wisconsin's future will have to be compromised in order to have a budget for the next two years. Assembly Republican leadership has already stated that they may not be willing to do that. Some leadership.

--State Rep. Gary Sherman,

D-Port Wing

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