In November last year, during the end of a democratic Governor Jim Doyle’s term, Wisconsin had a budget surplus. Incoming republican Governor Scott Walker called a special session for his newly republican controlled congress to pass new tax-cuts and a conservative healthcare reform innitiative. The state government’s finance committee had to revise budget estimates in their report from surplus to large deficit after Walker and his republican congress passed these tax cuts. Page 1 of the report connects this shortfall to the specific bills creating the defict.
After Governor Walker engineered budget deficits for the benefit of his supporters, he’s now demanding unions pay for his deficit if they supported his democratic opponent, Tom Barrett. This is anti-democratic and all about awarding republican supporters and punishing democratic supporters.
As mentioned in my previous article, Union Busting as Political Punishment, much of the savings in Governor Walker’s budget hinges on refinancing the states debt. Walker’s office says the bill must be passed by this Friday (2/25/2011) or the realized savings will be greatly delayed. The only issue preventing the passage of this budget is Walker’s refusal to remove the union busting clause that saves no money.