Gov. Scott Walker may say he’s “pro-education,” as reported in Tuesday's Wisconsin State Journal. But his actions tell a different story.
I started my graduate studies at UW-Madison in 2014 and saw firsthand the devastating effects of Walker’s cuts to the university. Gov. Walker cut state support of the University of Wisconsin System's budget by $250 million in 2015. The shock of such a large cut led to many researchers, who bring millions to the university in federal grants and provide high-quality research and teaching, to look for positions outside of Wisconsin.
State funding for the higher education hasn't recovered from the governor's cut, despite the System contributing billions to the state’s economy. Gov. Walker’s failure to invest in education is ultimately a failure to invest in Wisconsin.
Jennifer Bratburd, Madison