Friday, December 3, 2010

And They Want Walker To Be Just Like Christie?

During the election campaign, the wingers kept comparing Goobernator-to-be Scott Walker to New Jersey's Goobernator-At-Large Chris Christie. The right wingers kept saying they wanted Walker because he'd be just like Christie, like that was supposed to be a good thing. Heck, Charlie Sykes kept wetting himself every time he mentioned those two in the same sentence, just as an example of how deranged they were/are about these two. Walker welcomed Christie with open arms when Christie came to the state to campaign for him.

Methinks they will grow to regret this. I know they are in New Jersey:
CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) – Camden City Council, as expected, voted Thursday to lay off almost 400 workers, half of them police officers and firefighters, to bridge a $26.5 million deficit.

That’s about a quarter of the city’s entire work force.


When it was over, Council president Frank Moran suggested they’re not to blame.

“We didn’t put a price tag on public safety. Unfortunately, the governor of the State of New Jersey put that price tag on it,” he said at the packed Council meeting.

That price tag is $69 million, in transitional aid. Moran suggested that Camden residents should vent to Governor Chris Christie.
And just in case you think that can't happen in Wisconsin, think again:
With a state budget shortfall of more than $2.7 billion for the upcoming budget, shared revenues will be a likely target to shore up the deficit.

About half of the state budget is made up of shared revenues, which is money collected from municipalities that are distributed back to them. It's a crucial part of the budget.

"Everything is on the table, including shared revenue, aid to school, BadgerCare," state Rep. Louis Molepske Jr., D-Stevens Point, said. "Everybody is waiting to see what will happen."

Shared revenues make up a large portion of a city's operational budget. In 2011, shared revenues will account for almost $6 million of the city's $23.3 million budget. That's a little less than half of what the city takes in through its tax levy.

Mayor Andrew Halverson said a reduction in shared revenues would mean either the city would have to borrow the money, raise taxes, reduce or cut services.

"That revenue stream is going to have to be augmented in some way, shape or form," Halverson said. "We are as lean as we can possibly be. If we have to cut services, we'll have to refocus our entire service delivery system. Is that what we want our community to look like?"
But I'm sure that Sykes, Patrick McIlheran, Owen Robinson, Fred Dooley and the rest of the echo chamber can go around and tell the victims of crime, the people who just saw their house burn down, or the people starving that it's OK because Walker cut their taxes by three whole dollars.

H/T to a faithful reader