December 22, 2014

Hintz grateful for unified opposition to bail bonds

A major critic of a state budget plan to allow bail bondsmen gives credit to Gov. Scott Walker for vetoing the provision, while remaining critical of other elements that survived Walker’s veto pen.”And I’m grateful for Attorney General Van Hollen and the other supporters we had. Our caucus was unified in saying ‘this is unacceptable,”‘says state Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) about the bail bondsmen proposal.

For the second state budget in a row, Republican lawmakers included a measure that would’ve allowed bounty hunters to begin operating in Wisconsin. Hintz questions why Republicans are “continuing to going to bat for the bail bonds industry?”

The list of reasons Democrats dislike the budget includes its rejection of federal funds to expand Medicaid, tax cuts they say will benefit the wealthy, and statewide expansion of the private school voucher system. Hintz says the decisions were made “behind closed doors” rather than with public input.

Gov. Walker issued 57 vetoes in the state budget which he signed at a ceremony Sunday.