Madison Mayor Paul Soglin announces bid for Governor

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Madison Mayor Paul Soglin announced his candidacy for Wisconsin Governor Wednesday morning.

Mr. Soglin, a Democrat, released a lengthy statement in which he addressed both President Trump and sitting Governor Scott Walker.

The statement reads:

“Our great country and the State of Wisconsin were founded on the principle that our governments would provide for the general welfare – our health and safety through a fair system of taxation. On the façade of the US Supreme Court are carved the words, “equal justice under law.” Today we have a President and a Governor who do not believe in those principles. They do not cherish our heritage and, in fact, they violate and undermine it every day.

Donald Trump just orchestrated the biggest tax fraud in our country’s history: mammoth tax cuts for the richest and most powerful people that are designed to go on forever.  For everyday ordinary Wisconsinites there were modest tax cuts – or none at all – and the crumbs will disappear in less than a decade when our taxes will go back up.  We deserve better.

In the meantime our Governor – Scott Walker — did not stand up and fight for us but cheered on the new tax burden: the top one percent will pay less for national defense, education, roads, health, and environmental protections, while the rest of us will pay more. That’s not fair.

Scott Walker’s complicity was to be expected. Scott Walker has done the same here in Wisconsin.  Our public schools are undermined, our roads deteriorate. The rich get richer in a fixed system that rewards cronyism rather than hard work. And, while the rest of the world understands that communication – high speed internet – is the key to economic development – our state lags behind.”

Mayor Soglin’s announcement also brought up Foxconn, where he said 25 years was too long to wait for a return on the investment.

He briefly outlined what he would do with teh $4 billion investment. That includes putting money towards public schools, improving Wisconsin’s transportation system, enhancing the state’s university system, and investing in small business.

Mr. Soglin also tackled the topic of health care, saying “Much is to be gained by providing better health care at a lower cost to Wisconsinites struggling to fight cancer, heart disease, and behavioral health issues.”

Mayor Soglin joins a growing number of Wisconsin gubernatorial candidates. Among others, that list includes: State Superintendent Tony Evers; Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik; State Representative Dana Wachs; Senator Kathleen Vinehout; President of the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Mahlon Mitchell; former chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Matt Flynn; and former executive director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Mike McCabe. 

The 2018 Wisconsin gubernatorial election takes place on November 6, 2018.

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