Community Post: Twelve Times Scott Walker Was Terrible
1. When he signed the mandatory ultrasound bill into law
Walker signed into law a bill that will require “women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound and ban doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing the procedures.” Essentially, it would make it harder for a woman seeking a safe, legal abortion to get one. His law could force clinics to close and is being challenged by reproductive health advocates.
2. When he repealed the law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to press charges
So basically, if you’re one of the women in Wisconsin who earns $0.75 for every dollar that your male colleagues make and you want to do something about losing that $4,000 every year, Scott Walker has made it more difficult. THANKS.
3. When he eliminated collective bargaining rights for all of Wisconsin’s public employees
Scott Walker is no friend of unions. In 2011, he signed into law a bill that abolished collective bargaining rights for 175,000 public union employees in Wisconsin, leading to an attempt to recall him.
4. When he specifically targeted women workers while sticking it to unions
As we mentioned, in 2011, when Scott Walker was stripping unions of their right to collective bargaining, he did exempt some groups: firefighter, police and state trooper unions. The majority of Wisconsin public workers are actually women, (teachers, nurses, child care workers, home health care workers, etc.) but the exempted groups were overwhelmingly male.
5. When he banned abortion coverage for policies in the ACA’s new health insurance exchange
This is just another example of Scott Walker’s extreme, anti-woman agenda.
Scott Walker signed legislation that required teachers in schools that offered sex education to “stress abstinence as the only sure way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.” The legislation also declared that sex ed teachers were not required to address contraception. So that’s helpful.
7. When he eliminated all state funding for family planning services
In 2011, Scott Walker proposed a budget that would have eliminated all state funding for family planning services for low-income residents, putting 50 clinics in jeopardy. 52,000 women in Wisconsin who received contraceptive care from those clinics would have to find alternative means.
8. When he forced 92,000 people off their health insurance and cost the state $119 million
Scott Walker could have accepted federal money under the Affordable Care Act that would have expanded BadgerCare Plus insurance, which covers adults with children under 19 in households with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty threshold, or $47,100 for a family of four. Instead, he rejected the money, kicked 92,000 people off their health insurance and forced them to buy a more expensive plan.
9. When he led Wisconsin to below-average job growth rates
The Republican Party says they’re about jobs jobs jobs – except when Scott Walker runs things and the state ranks 34th in job growth. And consider this: Walker’s #1 campaign promise was to add 250,000 private-sector jobs by the end of his term. At last count, nearly three years later, he’s only about 25% there.
10. When he signed an unconstitutional voter ID law
This law would require poll workers to immediately begin asking voters to show state-issued IDs before they vote – even though voters wouldn’t be required to show them until the next year. Yeah, we’re not sure either – but basically, Walker wanted to make it harder for people to vote.
11. When he was BFFs with the Koch Brothers
The Koch Brothers are long-time Scott Walker supporters. With a $43,000 donation, their PAC was the second highest donor to Walker’s 2010 campaign. They also gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, which streamed spending into Wisconsin on behalf of Walker. Ew.
12. When he wanted to pay teachers less
Not only did Scott Walker nix the collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin teachers, but he capped future pay raises. Under Walker’s administrative rule change, he changed the pay schedule for experienced teachers. Some teachers could lose as much as 30% of their current salary under Walker’s targeted attacks.
So, in short, Scott Walker is the worst.
Luckily, EMILY’s List has endorsed Mary Burke for governor of Wisconsin
Mary Burke is an insightful problem solver who has worked in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors to grow Wisconsin’s economy and increase educational opportunities. Mary has an impressive commitment to economic justice and improving the lives of children and working families. Her intense and selfless commitment to her community will make for a striking contrast with Governor Scott Walker’s extremist agenda. Mary’s been quietly changing the world for the better for years – by breaking barriers herself and by making opportunities for others to get ahead.