Rep. Zamarripa: Democratic weekly radio address: "A century of civil service"

Rep. Zamarripa: Democratic weekly radio address: "A century of civil service"
10/29/2015 

Contact: Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, 608.267.7669 

MADISON – Today Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee) offered the Democratic Weekly Radio Address. The topic this week is Republicans passing a bill that will gut Wisconsin’s civil service system and further open the door for cronyism and corruption in state government. 

"More than a century ago, Governor Bob La Follette created our civil service system with the motto 'the best shall serve the state.' Now Republicans are saying 'our best friends shall serve the state,'" Rep. Zamarripa said. "Under this latest bill, political connections could trump qualifications when it comes to hiring workers at our state agencies. Our focus needs to be on jobs for all Wisconsin workers, not just those who are politically connected." 

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here and a video version can be viewed here


A written transcript of the address is below: 

This week, Republicans further opened the door for cronyism and corruption in state government by passing a bill to gut Wisconsin’s civil service system. 

This comes just one week after Republicans voted to decimate state campaign finance laws, dismantle Wisconsin’s non-partisan government watchdog and make it harder for political corruption to be investigated or prosecuted. 

Under this latest bill, political connections could trump qualifications when it comes to hiring workers at our state agencies. We have already seen several examples of this kind of cronyism under the Walker Administration. 

We have Brian Deschane, the son of a major lobbyist who was appointed to two top state jobs – including an $81,000-a-year job as an administrator – despite having no college degree and two drunk driving convictions. We have top officials at the governor’s jobs agency who were hired despite having little to no private-sector or economic development experience. We saw the Walker Administration rescind a student’s appointment to the Board of Regents after discovering he had signed the recall petition. 

More than a century ago, Governor Bob La Follette created our civil service system with the motto “the best shall serve the state.” Now Republicans are saying “our best friends shall serve the state.” Our focus needs to be on jobs for all Wisconsin workers, not just those who are politically connected. 

Wisconsin’s civil service system protects taxpayers and workers alike. While there are legitimate discussions we should have about improving our civil service system, there is no reason to dismantle it. 

 

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