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Let's step into the wayback machine with Mr. Peabody and take a look at Scott Walker's statements about Wisconsin's finances.
"I don't have anything to negotiate," Walker said. "We are broke in this state. We have been broke for years. People have ignored that for years, and it's about time somebody stood up and told the truth. The truth is: We don't have money to offer. We don't have finances to offer. This is what we have to offer."
Fact-checkers far and wide called BS on that little lie, calling it straight-up false.

Now, fast forward to today.

For the second time in three years, the state is giving the BMO Harris Bradley Center a $5 million grant for much-needed maintenance work.
So ... a basketball arena rates a $5 million dollar grant, but our schools ...
“There is no doubt Wisconsin has deprioritized K-12 spending,” says Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, who chairs the state Senate’s Committee on Education and Corrections. “Education took the biggest cuts in the history of the state” over the 2011-13 biennium.
How drastic were these cuts? Wisconsin ranked 4th in the nation when it came to cutting education funding.

But, the Bradley Center, oh, wait, I am sorry the BMO Harris Bank Bradley Center (can't forget the company that just paid $1 million to slap its name on the building), can get $5 million to add the kind of amenities, such as more premium seating and retail space, that most modern arenas have.

Premium seating and retail space ... more important than education in Walker's Wisconsin.

About the only upside out of this is that some jobs will be created out of this (but wait, I didn't think government spending could create jobs).

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 11:10 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Progressive Hippie.

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