May 20, 2005: Headlines: Figures: COS - Tunisia: Politics: State Government: The Capital Times: Doyle calls cuts 'war on the poor'

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Doyle calls cuts 'war on the poor'

Doyle calls cuts 'war on the poor'

Doyle calls cuts 'war on the poor'

Dem calls cuts 'war on the poor'
$24 million out of budget

By David Callender
May 20, 2005


Despite criticism from Democrats that the moves were both anti-family and anti-child, Republican lawmakers approved cutting more than $24 million from Gov. Jim Doyle's budget for aid to low-income families.

In a statement, the Democratic governor charged that Republicans are "dismantling" the state's welfare-to-work program and pricing child care out of the reach of low-income families.

"These actions will force parents to choose between a job and the safety of their kids," Doyle said.

Among the items axed Thursday on a 12-4 party-line vote by the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee was Doyle's plan to provide cash benefits to women in the third trimester of high-risk pregnancies instead of requiring them to work in the Wisconsin Works, or W-2, program.

"This is really harsh to do something like this," said Sen. Russ Decker, D-Schofield. He said he questioned how lawmakers who consider themselves pro-life could support such a measure.

Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, said the cuts were a sign that Republicans had declared "war on the poor."

Taylor, who offered a series of motions in an attempt to head off what she said were the most punitive aspects of the Republican cuts, took a cue from the stormy weather outside the Capitol hearing room, stating that "God is raining down on us. He's crying because we're doing an assault on the poor today."

Taylor argued that the Republicans were undercutting the decade-old W-2 program as it was designed by former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson.

"This is a sad, sad day," Taylor told her fellow committee members. "I wish Tommy Thompson could see this right now."

Republicans countered that the cuts were needed because Doyle's budget was short an estimated $25 million for child care and work-related services.

"The rhetoric today doesn't match the reality," said Rep. Scott Jensen, R-Waukesha. "The cuts are from the Doyle administration."

Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, said, "We had to make some really tough decisions because we wanted these (welfare-to-work) programs to continue."

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