For Madison voters, a $133.8 million referendum awaits their Yes or No vote on November 2. If approved, the referendum will allow Madison Area Technical College “to raise taxes on area property owners to fund $133.8 million in new building projects and upgrades to MATC’s campuses throughout the region,” according to an October 25 article in The Capital Times.
The Capital Times article is vague about what, exactly, the $133.8 million will be used to fund. There is this innocuous line, “At the top of the wish list for the college’s expansion hopes is a $43.1 million health education building and clinic.”
Sounds great. Those in favor of the referendum go back to the old appeals of, “Who doesn’t want better schools? Our youth deserves the best taxpayer dollars can buy them!”
What we know is this: MATC currently does embryonic stem cell research [ESCR]. Not too many people are aware of this, as UW-Madison is mostly viewed as the big, bad lone wolf in town that does embryonic stem cell research.
A December 2, 2009 press release confirms MATC’s foray into the ESCR world, “Madison’s community college has established an advanced degree that educates students on the basics of working with human embryonic stem cells. It’s thought to be the only program at a college of this kind that offers hands-on experience with human embryonic stem cells.”
How cute… students can have “hands-on experience” killing tiny, tiny human beings. On taxpayer dollars none the less, as MATC is currently taxpayer-funded.
The MATC stem cell website has this picture of a human embryonic cell:
[Photo credit MATC] This is a photograph of an undifferentiated human embryonic cell stained with fluorescent MitoTracker Orange CMTMRos to visualize mitochondria (red). The cell is plated on a mouse embryo fibroblast (MEF) feeder layer.
This referendum will allow MATC to further its embryonic stem cell research, killing even more tiny human beings. An August 27 Rasmussen poll showed only one-third of U.S. voters approved of taxpayer-funded embryonic stem cell research. If you’re part of the two-thirds majority, let your ballot do the talking.