Saturday, October 13, 2012

Walker: You Are So Screwed

From the weekly e-newsletter from Scott Walker:
The State of Wisconsin operates on biennial state budgets with each fiscal year running from July 1st to June 30th. We are currently operating under “Fiscal Year 2013” (FY2013) and will be until June 30, 2013.

I recently received budget requests from each state agency, which outline the money each agency would like to spend in the future. Over the next few months, I will be carefully reviewing each of these agency budget requests. These requests are just the first step in the budget process—I will eventually propose a complete budget early next year for consideration by the Legislature.

The 2011-13 budget I signed into law last year made long-term reforms balancing a $3.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, without massive public employee layoffs, and without government service reductions. Wisconsin has a projected budget surplus in FY2013. If the FY2013 projections are correct, we will deposit money into the state’s rainy day fund in two consecutive years for the first time in our state’s history.

Unlike other states, instead of burying the next generation under a mountain of economically crippling debt, we are making responsible decisions—leaving our children and grandchildren with funding reserves for future hard economic times.
The next state budget I plan to introduce early next year will focus on five main priorities:

1. Creating Jobs
2. Transforming Education
3. Developing Our Workforce
4. Investing in Infrastructure
5. Reforming Government

As I work on the next state budget, I am excited about Wisconsin’s future and the opportunities we have to grow private sector jobs in our great state.
Those were his same priorities for his first budget. Let's see how well they worked:

1. We actually have fewer jobs than the time that his budget kicked in.
2. Schools are suffering, cramming more kids into smaller spaces, cutting programs and have lost thousands of experienced teachers.
3. He cut funding to universities and technical colleges which train our workforce. Now the businesses that had supported him are whining that they don't have enough trained people. They now want our high schools to be their training programs.
4. More payback for the road builders!
5. More laws written by private businesses and lobbyists, regardless of how damaging and/or illegal they might be.

Yeah, this is going to get ugly. I just hope there's something left by the time we get our state back.


  1. Walker and his Rep#blicans F#cked Wisconsin!

  2. Ya get what ya vote for...

  3. Our school superintendent called her plan for the district a "transformation", too. High school teachers have a load over 200 students, elementary teachers have multi-grade classes in the mid and high 30s, morale is at an all-time low, and teachers and staff are jumping ship! And we have a contract till the end of this school year. I can't even imagine what it would be like without a contract. She just ignores settlements with the union. And, oh, she makes $50,000 more than the last superintendent, who had been with the district for eons. She'd never even been a superintendent before.

    1. It is remarkable how the ones at the top of the food chain will take the largest cut of the pie, all while taking away more from those below.

      "We" can't afford it. I love it when they say it like that. "We." Like they give a damn about anyone or anything besides "theirs."