Statement from Mayor Dave Cieslewicz on State Budget

March 2, 2011

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz released the following statement today regarding Governor Walker's state budget address.

"Our state faces serious challenges because of the Governor's biennial budget and budget repair bill. Scott Walker continues to push policies that attempt to divide us. But in the face of these challenges, I will work to bring our community together, because we do things differently in Madison.

"We respect our workers and work together with them. We invest in our schools because there's nothing more important to the health of our city than the health of our public schools. And we bring people together to solve our problems.

"As soon as I learned of the massive cuts to schools, I reached out to Superintendent Dan Nerad and Madison teachers to commit to work together as a community and unite our response to the challenges we're facing. I will also call a meeting of city managers, labor leaders and non-represented employees this week to begin to prepare our joint response to these drastic cuts.

"Working together, we will protect our workers, our schools and our families."

Contact:
  • Rachel Strauch-Nelson, 608-266-4611