Friday, January 6, 2012
Contact: Graeme Zielinski, WisDems Communications Director

Statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate on Recall Costs

MADISON – Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate regarding the numbers released earlier today by the Government Accountability Board that estimate the cost of a statewide recall election.

“The $9 million cost of a statewide recall election is great, but the cost of doing nothing is far greater. This undertaking is the biggest investment in the future of our state and families we can make. 

It would take more than 7 recall elections to equal the cost of Walker's tax increase on seniors and working families. It would take more than 11 recalls to equal the tuition hike Walker foisted on University of Wisconsin-System students and their families. And Walker's $2.3 billion in tax giveaways to out-of-state corporations and the super-rich would pay for more than 255 recall elections. Wisconsin simply cannot afford Scott Walker any longer. 

At the end of the day, no matter how Scott Walker and his Republican Party try to spin it, the people of Wisconsin called for this election. There is no price tag on democracy.” 

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Authorized and Paid for by The Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Michael J. Tate, Chair