NOW:53209:USA01012
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01012
27°
H 27° L 21°
Clear | 10MPH

Bad Budget Made Worse

June 5, 2009

When Governor Doyle introduced his budget of punishing tax hikes, reckless government spending increases and job-killing policy ideas in February, I was optimistic the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee would seize the opportunity to make major improvements to the fiscal document. Unfortunately, after months of backroom meetings and late night deals, Democrats on the Committee have managed to make a bad budget worse in four specific ways.

 

This budget taxes too much. Gas, phone, hospital, electricity, property and garbage taxes are going up for everyone in the budget. Others will soon see higher income and sales taxes too. In the midst of a recession, Democrats have now enacted or proposed roughly $3 billion in new tax hikes. These are tax increases that will slow economic growth and stretch middle class family budgets even thinner.

 

This budget spends irresponsibly. Considering the state budget was $6.6 billion in the red, now was not the time for new or unnecessary spending. But the Democrats’ budget actually increases spending by about 7%. And their multi-billion dollar spending choices fail to match up with the priorities of the average taxpayer. This budget doesn’t provide enough money to keep arsonists in prison for their whole terms, but it does provide $500,000 for the Oshkosh Opera House, $46,000 for new recycling bins for the Town of Wrightstown and bunch of other pork-barrel spending to fund some legislators’ pet projects.

 

This budget contains several provisions that are job-killers. The budget is meant to be a purely fiscal document that is only about how much it takes to fund state government services. Unfortunately dozens of “policy items” that are actually complex bills that should have been considered separately on their own merits were crammed into this giant budget bill. New “joint and several liability” rules would make a home or business owner who is only 20% at fault in an accident financially liable for 100% of the damages. New auto insurance coverage mandates will raise the average family’s rates by $300 per year. A new “prevailing wage” requirement will force up local municipalities’ road and economic development project costs.

 

The process by which this budget was assembled was awful. Huge portions of this budget were negotiated at night, behind closed doors and then sprung upon Republican committee members only moments before the vote was taken. The public was robbed of its right to have controversial state law changes debated and considered in public.

 

Now that it has advanced from the Joint Finance Committee, the budget moves to the full Legislature. Senate and Assembly leaders say they hope to have the budget on the Governor’s desk before the end of June.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Beer could flow during Glendale's Fourth of July 1/26

» Whitefish Bay native 'Kit' Carson was Rush Limbaugh's right-hand man 1/26

» Crews clear crash that closed left lane of northbound I-43 at Glendale Updated:  1/26

» Without Showalter, Germantown boys rally for win over Whitefish Bay 1/23

» Medical examiner's report released in death at Bayshore Town Center Updated:  1/22

» 21-year-old man who fell from Bayshore balcony has died 1/22

» Apartment project proposed for Glendale 1/22

» Washington boys basketball team too quick for Brown Deer, 59-49 1/21

» Fleeing the scene of a robbery, suspects crash stolen car near Whitefish Bay 1/19

» Strong fourth quarter lifts Homestead girls past Whitefish Bay, 44-34 1/17

» Bay boys hang on, 44-42, after losing big lead against Homestead 1/16

» Motivated Germantown wrestlers beat Nicolet, 63-15 1/15

» Suburban Selfies contest extended through Jan. 25; two selfie solutions to get you started! 1/15

» 109-lot subdivision approved in Mequon 1/13

» Man critically hurt in fall 20 feet from Bayshore mall balcony Updated:  1/13

» Bayside home damaged in Sunday fire 1/12

» Germantown boys late rally keeps Homestead at bay, 65-58 1/9

» Crews clear crash that closed lane of northbound I-43 at Bender Road Updated:  1/8

» North Shore school, municipal officials announce candidacy for April election 1/7

» Thousands remember, pay homage to Germantown great Datka 1/4

» Mequon police dog in failing health euthanized 1/2

» Brown Deer robbery suspects sought, stolen car found 12/30

» Glendale hotel drops Marriott brand 12/30

» Washington races by Whitefish Bay boys in the second half, 81-60 12/30

» Brookfield Goodwill store remains on pace to open 12/29

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement


Local Business Directory

CONNECT    

Most Popular