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The Latest: Lawmaker: Democrats twisting education remarks

October 19, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on accusations that Republican state Senate candidate Dale Kooyenga lied about GOP cuts to education (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

A Republican state Senate candidate’s campaign says Democrats are twisting his remarks about cuts the GOP made to education.

Dale Kooyenga said during a debate Wednesday that Republicans haven’t cut education funding since he joined the Legislature’s budget-writing committee in 2013. According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Republicans cut the University of Wisconsin System by nearly $66 million in the 2013-15 state budget and by $250 million in the 2015-17 budget.

The State Senate Democratic Campaign Committee issued a news release Friday accusing Kooyenga of lying.

Kooyenga’s campaign manager, Patrick McNulty, said in an email to The Associated Press that the SSDC is taking Kooyenga out of context and he was clearly referring to K-12 education.

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11:55 a.m.

Democrats are accusing a Republican state Senate candidate of lying about cuts his party made to education.

Republican state Rep. Dale Kooyenga said during a debate Wednesday that Republicans haven’t cut education funding since he joined the Legislature’s budget-writing committee in 2013. According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Republicans cut the University of Wisconsin System by nearly $66 million in the 2013-15 state budget and by $250 million in the 2015-17 budget.

Kooyenga and Democrat Julie Henszy are vying to fill an open Senate seat representing Milwaukee’s western suburbs. Democrats are targeting the seat as they try to wrest control of the chamber from the GOP.

The State Senate Democratic Committee issued a news release Friday asking how Wisconsin families can trust Kooyenga.

Kooyenga didn’t immediately return a voicemail Friday morning.

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This story has been updated to correct that the State Senate Democratic Committee issued the news release.