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Friday, June 07, 2013

 7:52 PM 

Barca calls on delegates to fight GOP agenda

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca called on delegates to stand united and fight the GOP agenda, which he said was moving Wisconsin backward.

Barca mocked Republicans’ celebration of the recall victory anniversary, saying Walker’s mantra of “it’s working” reveals a Republican problem with science and math.

He pointed to several recent rankings showing Wisconsin near the bottom in job growth, wage growth and economic outlook.

“That’s the problem Republicans have -- science and math keep catching up with them,” Barca said.

Barca knocked Walker’s and the JFC’s budget and the GOP agenda, saying it harms the people’s health, jobs and prosperity.

“This budget is absolutely horrifying,” Barca said. “This governor says one thing and does another.”

He bashed the GOP for concentrating tax cuts on the wealthiest in the state, for turning down the BadgerCare expansion, which he said would have created 10,000 jobs, and for approving the voucher expansion while public schools struggled.

He also went after last-minute budget moves, such as approving bail bondsmen and removing the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from the UW-Madison campus.

“They don’t want this covered anymore,” he quipped.

He called on delegates to stand up to the agenda.

“We’ve got to fight this agenda,” Barca said. “We’ve got to be more united than we’ve ever been before.”

He noted that the state was home to the progressive tradition of Doug LaFollette and home to Gaylord Nelson, the father of Earth Day and the modern environmental movement.

He said that the state is at a tipping point.

“This disrespect of our heritage and disregarding of what made this state great cannot go forward and will not go forward in this state,” Barca said.

Listen to the speech.

-- By David Wise


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