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Alberta Darling’s bad joke

In a recent interview, state Sen. Alberta Darling said, “The positive thing is now we’re going forward and especially in education.”

Moving forward especially in education?

Moving forward by cutting $1.6 billion from our public schools? Moving forward by decreasing funding for the UW system by $250 million? Moving forward by slashing funding for our world-class technical schools by 30 percent? Is she serious?

As I’m out knocking on doors in Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls, Glendale, Germantown, Mequon, Whitefish Bay, Shorewood and everywhere in between, everyone I speak with agrees that Wisconsin needs to get its fiscal house in order.

People I talk with agree that we must have a shared sacrifice and should not be balancing the budget on the backs of our children, seniors and most vulnerable neighbors.

So when Darling describes this as “the best budget” she’s seen in her more than 20 years in the Legislature, claiming that it moves us forward, especially in education, one can only assume that she’s kidding.

I can assure you, as a nurse and educator for the last 30 years, I am not kidding about my dedication to our world-class schools, ensuring access to affordable health care for those who need it and supporting the quality of life and dignity of our seniors.

Sandy Pasch, State senate candidate

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