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Rep. Cory Mason: GOP Legislative Session an Epic Failure

Mason is a Democrat from Racine. His district encompasses most of the southern half of Racine County, and he is the ranking Democrat on the Joint Committee on Finance. He says Republicans have short-changed state residents by passing bills that won't help

Governor Walker’s 2011-12 legislative session ended the way it began: with destructive, short-sighted, bills that did nothing to move Wisconsin forward being rushed through the legislature.

Scott Walker and his Republican legislative allies have succeeded only at dividing Wisconsin as never before and making Wisconsin the nation’s "leader" in job loss. These are the marks of an epically failed legislative session and an utter failure of Walker’s leadership.

In the final hours of this session, Republicans forced through bills that prioritize unaccountable private voucher schools over our public schools, take away local control, and set women’s health care and women’s rights back decades.

Instead of showing real leadership and working together to find commonsense solutions, Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans repeatedly chose extremism and division over listening to the people. From jobs to public education to open government, Republicans’ actions this session have taken Wisconsin in the wrong direction.

It is ironic that this legislative session’s end coincides with the end of the national “Sunshine Week,” which promotes the importance of open and transparent government. Gov. Scott Walker and legislative Republicans have made a mockery of Wisconsin’s longstanding, bipartisan commitment to open government. From locking Wisconsin’s residents out of their State Capitol to drawing new election maps behind closed doors and signing secrecy oaths to hide information from the public, this legislative session has been marred by dark clouds of secrecy and scandal.

This session has showcased two different visions for the future of Wisconsin. I have fought hard to create family-supporting jobs, strengthen public schools, and ensure open and honest government. Gov. Walker and the Republicans have spent their session rewarding special interests, operating in secret and attacking Wisconsin’s middle class. I am relieved this session is over and I look forward to a more cooperative, productive session when we reconvene in January 2013.

Lyle Ruble March 19, 2012 at 09:03 PM
@Brian Dey...What did you mean by revolution? Please clarify.
Brian Dey March 19, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Started in 2010 when conservatives across the country were voted in, and socialist Democrats were kicked out, no longer binding us to large deficits by free giveaways to union leadership demands. 50 years of collective stealing came to an end.
Tuco March 19, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Cory is this your confession? Seems to me you had your way last time with doyle and Lehman. Now it's time for the people's way!
James R Hoffa March 21, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Attention Fellow Walker Backers - This Is A Call To Arms: Proudly show your support for Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and our fellow State Senators at a rally being held at Brookfield Square Mall this Saturday, March 24th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information on this event, brought to you by the same grassroots team that organized the highly successful 'Celebrate Walker' rally, please visit the official homepage for the event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/307338025994069/ Hope to see you all there!!!
Terry Ott March 29, 2012 at 04:08 AM
This Corey Mason guy is a real treat to read. He's so easily shocked and stunned and disappointed and taken aback by the actions of his colleagues, as evidenced in his "mostly false" (per Politifact) rant regarding the repeal of an unnecessary (duplicative/redundant) piece of legislation about gender pay equity remedies that was politically expedient eyewash during the Doyle years. The only thing more disturbing than the tripe he spews is the possibility that he may actually believe it.

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