State of the State Address: Gov. Walker Pledges Tuesday Night to Reform State Government and Invest “Every Penny of Savings” to Support Public Education


Delivering his sixth annual State of the State address and first since coming off the presidential campaign trail, Walker did not announce any large, new initiatives. Rather, he pledged to support public education, pushed for a three-year UW degree, called on lawmakers to pass his college affordability package and announced details of listening sessions he said would help create a vision of where Wisconsin should be in 20 years.

As he talked about education, Walker announced his administration will put an $3 million more into dual enrollment programs in schools through the Wisconsin Fast Forward program. Walker said the grants will help districts partner with tech colleges so students can get a head start on their careers.

From the Wisconsin State Journal:

Walker — who has previously cut funding for K-12 and higher education while expanding the private school voucher program — said in his sixth State of the State address that his pledge could mean tens of millions of dollars for the state’s public schools.

“Tonight, I commit to investing every penny of savings to the general fund from these specific reforms to support public education,” Walker said. “People tell me that they appreciate our efforts to get the state’s fiscal house in order and that now is the time to use savings to help our students prepare for the future.”

Read the speech here.

Other coverage: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel