A vote for Howard Marklein assumes you are satisfied with his accomplishments. One example was his vote to shift $90 million from state highway projects to work on roads near the Foxconn project, while allowing 22 cents of each dollar spent on transportation to go to debt rather than road repair. Now we and our children will be saddled with these expenses, in addition to repairing our vehicles after damage caused by the resulting potholes in state highways.

Or maybe it was his vote (SA 17/AA 7) against funding grants for broadband expansion, or the vote cutting over $1 billion from public schools. Under his budget, public schools receive an average subsidy of $5,240 per pupil (lower than in 2011), in comparison with voucher schools getting $7,747 (for K-8) and $8,393 (for 9-12). He also voted to cut $1 billion from higher education, including $795 million from UW campuses and $203 million from technical colleges.

His ads are nothing but lies, since Wisconsin actually has a structural deficit of $3.5 billion, not the surplus he and Walker claim. The truth is that Marklein has had eight years and four budgets to address the roads. Instead he funded Foxconn, and now Kimberly Clark, which doesn’t pay taxes in Wisconsin, wants the same perk. The gutless wonders in the State Senate are supporting yet another tax giveaway that siphons funding from our roads, schools, infrastructure and broadband.

Kay Ziegahn, Richland Center

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