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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.

Tim Scott March 18, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Mason hates the free market and free enterprise. Mason wants to oppress the people and confiscate their wealth via income and property taxes to give to those he favors. Mason wants to abolish private property rights - via control over property through income and property taxes. Mason wants to be a conduit for transferring wealth from the productive in the private sector to those in the public sector, or those who don't participate in the workforce - or want to participate. Mason is a big reason private business is leaving the State and small business can't make a profit. Here is some truth for Mason - from beloved Socialist Britian: (pay attention) "George Osborne: UK has run out of money The Government 'has run out of money' and cannot afford debt-fuelled tax cuts or extra spending, George Osborne has admitted In a stark warning ahead of next month’s Budget, the Chancellor said there was little the Coalition could do to stimulate the economy. Mr Osborne made it clear that due to the parlous state of the public finances the best hope for economic growth was to encourage businesses to flourish and hire more workers. “The British Government has run out of money because all the money was spent in the good years,” the Chancellor said. “The money and the investment and the jobs need to come from the private sector.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9107485/George-Osborne-UK-has-run-out-of-money.html
Tim Scott March 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
LOOK Corey - A Socialist FORCED to tell the truth, because Britian has run out of money, and can't borrow anymore debt! “The British Government has run out of money because all the money was spent in the good years,” the Chancellor said. “The money and the investment and the jobs need to come from the private sector.” COREY - WHERE does the money and jobs come from? THE PRIVATE SECTOR - *hangs head in shame* It's only a failure to you because you didn't get to economically collapse the State of Wisconsin - like Britian.
upset father March 18, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Figures blames others as usual . Just like the fleabag 14 and the rest of the demacratic party . Voters will show them the truth . I see unemployment in his future .
mau March 18, 2012 at 04:06 PM
How open and transparent was the government when the democrat senators slithered over the border into Illinois. Then held all their secret meetings and colluded to disrupt the legislative process by refusing to vote on the legislation. Yet continued to slither back and forth across the border, in the dead of night, when they were supposedly on the lam. I seem to recall it was you who took it upon himself, to open up an office window, so the protesters could continue to enter the capital and do their destruction. shame shame shame
Tim Scott March 18, 2012 at 08:17 PM
HERE you go - all you wanna be European Socialists who keep telling us how great it is over there: LOOK HERE! : "National pay rates will be scrapped in budget Millions of teachers, nurses, civil servants and other public sector workers are to lose their right to national pay rates, the Chancellor George Osborne will announce in next week’s Budget. " http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/budget/9149748/National-pay-rates-will-be-scrapped-in-budget.html HEY MOONBATS! and the MADISON LEFT - looks like you need to book a flight and go picket at Traflager Square - perhaps The City of London! "However, Mr Osborne will announce plans to roll out local pay rates affecting six million public sector workers — including teachers and hospital staff — from next year. Officials will begin negotiating local pay deals with most civil servants after they reach the end of a two-year pay freeze in July, with any pay settlements likely to be backdated to February. The move could result in the pay of public sector workers in some areas being frozen for a number of years." GEEZ - What happens IF peak oil is real, and the North Sea fields are fast depleting? WHO will FUEL BRITIAN? Who's gonna pay for that imported Russian gas that keeps you warm and heats your food? WHO INDEED! Britian is B-R-O-K-E and protesting won't buy MoonBats fuel!!
Brian Dey March 18, 2012 at 10:33 PM
The only epic failure is Corey Mason. I'm pretty sure he's got the union label tatooed on his butt. Well, then again, you can add Turner, Lehman and anyoneone else with a (D) by their name. We get Corey, you want the gravy train to continue so you don't have a real job. You will be looking for employment in November, so keep crying while you still can.
Lyle Ruble March 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM
@Tim Scott...Do you understand British politics enough to really understand what George Osborne is doing? You quote him endlessly but what do you really know of him? We are not the UK and the relevance between the two is remote at best. You are selecting (cherry picking) disconnected facts to support your suppositions.
Brian Dey March 19, 2012 at 12:50 AM
mau- Maybe the Senators being recalled could just go hangout in Illinois so that the election can be held up in court. Oh yes, that's right, that's what the Dems did...
Brian Dey March 19, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Lyle- What we do know is that Corey Mason is a sleezebag who panders, no, who is owned by the unions, and needs them so that he never has to have a real job. Just like the rest of the Dems. The unions that sent the letter to the MTEA should shut you up, Lyle. It is just like we said all along, the union leadership only cares about the politics, and their personal being, damn the rest. In this case, I'm glad to be the one who says I told you so.
Lyle Ruble March 19, 2012 at 01:12 AM
@Brian Dey...You have proved nothing of real substance. What is obvious is your partisanship has exceeded the bounds of civility.
Brian Dey March 19, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Sorry Lyle, there is no civil discourse when dealing with a leadership that would throw out their own to prove a political point at the risk of innocent children. If you still agree with their tactics, then there is no civil discourse for you either. Your side has reached the pinnacle of insanity, and its time the rank and file abandon the idiocy that is destroying their profession. The true nature of the recall was not at all about anything but regaining power to steal dollars from our children at the expense of true professionals. There is a revolution going on, and I'm afraid that once again, you are on the wrong side.
Lyle Ruble March 19, 2012 at 01:47 AM
@Brian Dey...A revolution huh or a coup d' etat? How many people are aware of this coup. I find your language to be very telling.
jt March 19, 2012 at 01:56 AM
if tim scott, spent a little more time working instead of blogging, his buisiness might ne a bit more viable and he wouldn't have to wine so much!
Lyle Ruble March 19, 2012 at 02:06 AM
@Tim Scott...You show that you don't understand truth and perceptions. Truth is relative based on selective perception. If you understand that, then you would understand that I am not denying the truth, but I don't agree with what you reveal as the truth. It only has meaning to you and how you put things together.
Lyle Ruble March 19, 2012 at 02:14 AM
@Tim Scott...Libertarianism doesn't work. Intelligent people who understand the philosophy behind libertarianism are fully aware of the fallacies and reject it. Sorry Tim.
mau March 19, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Brian, the thing is the Republicans don't stoop to that level. They know what their sworn duty is and they don't run away and hide when things aren't going their way. But I wouldn't put it past the democrats to slither over the border again if the elections don't go their way.
Stormy Weather March 19, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Quite honestly I am so tired of looking at cry baby Corey Mason, and I just wish he would shut up and go back to Illinois...
james annis March 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM
repubes are just that pubes
Tim Scott March 19, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Sorry Patch - but Lyle and people like tha above have got to go. You are not creatring an atmosphere where ideas can be discussed. I will be flagging comments and EXPECT them to be deleted when they are garbage like the above and Lyles comments. I'm not going there anymore.
Lyle Ruble March 19, 2012 at 01:48 PM
@Tim Scott...Threatening the Patch editors for not supporting your efforts to censor. What planet are you living on? This is an open forum and as long we keep it clean and we are not overly demeaning, pretty much of everything goes.
Tim Scott March 19, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Lyly - The bulk of your posts are irrelevant garbage. It's not censorship - it's policing the content for quality. You have none , just garbage. I know from your criminal record, you have no love for the truth. I know how you treat others - that you have no morals. I know your past. Posts that are substantative and have something to offer can stay - but you're mostly a bag of hot air. If you have something worthwhile to say - it won't be censored. Unfortunately Lyle, you don't have much to offer. Deal with it.
James R Hoffa March 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Cory 'select special interest puppet' Mason has once again proven himself to be the hypocrite that he is! Honestly, this little diatribe isn't even worth commenting on further.
mau March 19, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I'm feeling the same way. Several of these stories have been hijacked and if you don't agree with their talking points, you are not worthy or intelligent enough to comment, as they are
Lyle Ruble March 19, 2012 at 07:39 PM
@Tim Scott...There is no criminal activity and I don't appreciate such claims. Your comments seem to be acts of someone who is intellectually over his head. Please limit yourself to merits of the argument.
Brian Dey March 19, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Lyle- In your own little world or circle, you may be a self proclaimed intellectual, but the rest of us know you as someone who thinks he knows everything but your words prove otherwise. Pontificate and bloviate all you want, but we see right through you.
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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