In his weekly address, Governor Walker lauds his administration's release of jobs data from the fourth quarter of last year.
Walker says "after losing 134,000 jobs in the four years prior to 2011, actual jobs data show Wisconsin gained over 62,000 jobs in 2011-2012."
He also touts the increased revenue projections from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau earlier this month, "which show Wisconsin having $500 million more than expected in the next budget."
"Because of our sound fiscal management, we are now able to invest in our priorities," Walker says. "We should use our budget surplus and increased revenue projections to invest in aid for our schools, lower income taxes for middle-class families, and build our rainy day fund."
Listen to Gov. Walker's full address.
In the Dem weekly radio address, JFC member Rep. Cory Mason says a proposal from Dem lawmakers to increase K-12 per pupil funding by at least $275 is "the bare minimum we must do for our students."
Mason, D-Racine, says the last budget was a "disaster for students and property taxpayers alike," and that Republicans "want to compound the problem by freezing public school spending, increasing taxpayer spending on private vouchers by up to $1,400 per pupil and forcing vouchers into nine new communities."
"Public schools have been forced to sacrifice too much already in the name of giving more to unaccountable private vouchers," Mason says. "That’s why more than 16,000 people signed petitions to 'Stop the Voucher Expansion.'"