In 2011, Governor Walker rejected $23 million in federal dollars that would have increased broadband access for 385 libraries and 82 schools, expanding access in 380 Wisconsin communities. Now, in Walker’s classic election-year style, he’s touting an offer of taxpayer dollars to subdue the struggling communities that do not have sufficient broadband access due to Walker’s initial neglect.
Wisconsin classrooms, libraries, and small businesses, especially in rural parts of the state, deserve equal opportunity to thrive in their communities. Once again Walker’s bribes are too little, too late. Wisconsinites deserve communities that are fully and consistently funded so they can remain productive places to live, work, and play.