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Governor Walker still won’t visit Wisconsin prisons



Governor Walker has taken to referring to himself as the education governor. That has prompted a few eye rolls from those who point to the Governor balancing the budget on the backs of teachers. It is a bold claim that Walker is a friend of education, but at least he isn’t trying to champion himself as the Governor of Corrections. Because it is the state’s corrections department that has become the focus in the days before this week’s primary election. During his first two terms in office, Walker has not made a single visit to a state prison. And he recently said he saw “no value” in doing so. This is despite the fact that the Corrections Department eats up a big chunk of the state budget. Even in the midst of an FBI investigation into allegations of abuse at the state’s youth prison, Walker didn’t bother to step foot in the facility. Meanwhile, the former Secretary of Corrections has written a tell-all book claiming Walker wouldn’t eve meet with him during budget deliberations. and most of the democratic candidates for Governor suggest some state prisoners should be released to save taxpayers money. Governor Walker may claim this upcoming election is about education, but it seems more and more it is about how best to run our prisons.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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