Gov. Scott Walker’s been a busy little bee. And by busy little bee, I mean he’s destroying lives again: Planned Parenthood announces it’ll close 4 of 27 locations in Wisconsin, blames Scott Walker’s budget cuts:
Gov. Scott Walker and his Republican cronies in the legislature eliminated public funding for low-income and uninsured patients seeking reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood, the largest provider in the state, because some of its clinics offer abortions.
No war on women, GOP? Really? Two thousand low-income residents will now have to schlep to other counties, drive up to an hour, in order to get what they need to stay alive: cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and other women’s health services. How’s that for “pro-life”?
Via JSOnline, we see Scotty’s not only trying to bust unions, but he’s also making it harder on children, including special needs children, to access public education:
Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to increase funding for voucher and public charter schools as well as his plan to create a new stream of funding to allow special-needs children to attend private schools drew immediate criticism Sunday from the state’s largest teacher union, public school advocates and a major disability rights group. [...]
Mary Bell, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state’s largest teacher union, said… “The stagnant revenue on top of the largest cuts to education funding in Wisconsin history in the last budget is another clear indication that this governor has no intention of supporting neighborhood schools…” [...]
“(Walker’s) real focus is privatizing public education with another infusion of resources to the unaccountable taxpayer-funded private school voucher program while leaving our neighborhood public schools on life support,” she added.
State Rep. Sondy Pope, ranking Democrat on the Assembly’s Education Committee, said, “These people are trying to starve Wisconsin public schools.”
The special-needs vouchers proposal was opposed by the state Department of Public Instruction, disabilities rights groups, and the state school boards association. They will significantly change “the way students with special needs are served.” Not to mention the over $20 million for special-needs children “could have been applied to help public schools across the state, not just for the minority of children who could use that taxpayer subsidy to attend a private school,” according to Lisa Pugh, public policy coordinator for Disability Rights Wisconsin.
Walker’s all heart, isn’t he? Always looking out for the little guy. And by “little guy” I mean women and children.