Grothman Calls on Democrats to Get Serious on Anti-Smoking Spending

Asks American Cancer Society and American Heart Association to apologize to contributors for Partisan Attacks

Madison.. Today Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) challenged Democrats to get serious in their budget negotiations by removing their demand to triple funding for anti-smoking programs from $10 million to $30 million a year.

"Everybody knows you're not supposed to smoke.  The schools are pushing the anti-smoking message from first grade on up," said Grothman.  "We already spend more than most of our surrounding states - Michigan spends nothing at all!"

Last year, despite (or because of) spending $10 million a year on anti-smoking programs Wisconsin smoking went up from 70 packs per person a year to 71 packs per person annually.

"It's an insult to the rest of the state to put such a ridiculous spending increase on the table at a time of fiscal crisis - I plead with the Democrats to get back in the real world and remove this outrageous increase from their budget."

Grothman also called upon the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, and the American Heart Association to apologize to their contributors for using money to attack legislators who won't go along with their schemes.

"Even at their worst, I've never heard of other spending constituencies asking for a tripling of their budget - this is beyond greed," Grothman stated, "I give money to the Cancer Society to find a cure for cancer - not to attack Republicans."