During their 4th biennial convention yesterday, members of the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans (WIARA) unanimously approved a resolution condemning Governor Scott Walker for his drastic budget cuts. Then they got up, marched to the capitol, and watched as WIARA President Leon Burzynski hand delivered the resolution to the Governor’s Office.
Armed with signs reading “Don’t ‘Walker’ On Me!,” retiree activists protested outside of the Wisconsin capitol building. WIARA President Leon Burzynski addressed the crowd and warned that if lawmakers approve this budget, it would mean great steps backward “to where we were before Social Security when 50% of seniors lived in poverty."
Governor Walker has proposed cuts to SeniorCare, which is the state’s drug plan for senior citizens. He has also proposed: cuts to essential programs like BadgerCare (a state-run program similar to Medicaid), WI Department of Veterans Affairs, transit aid, public education; freezing Family Care program funding; and also calls for an end to the Earned Income and Homestead Tax Credits. Walker claims that these drastic cuts, which disproportionately affect seniors, children, and low-income residents, are necessary if the state hopes to balance its budget.
In their resolution, the members of the WIARA pointed out that the Governor’s budget does not calls for an end to tax breaks for corporations and Wisconsin’s rich residents. As stated in the resolution, the budget “…does not contain a single provision asking wealthy Wisconsin residents and corporation sot accept their fair share of sacrifice.”
Press from yesterday’s event:
▪ Channel 27 News (Madison)
Retirees, Seniors Protest Governor's Proposals
▪ Channel 3 News (Madison)
Wisconsin Retirees Condemn Budget Bill
▪ The Badger Herald
Retirees Protest Walker's Budget at State Capitol and Talk of Times Past
▪ The Cap Times
Seniors to March on Capitol, Protesting Walker's Cuts
▪ Wisconsin Public Radio
Retirees to Hold Protest Against Governor's Budget Legislation