The budget game is well under way in Madison, providing some interesting although not at all surprising entertainment.
Democratic Governor Tony Evers proposed a budget which promises a lot of money to a lot of different areas. Just a few of those are:
— $2.5 billion in the two-year building projects capital budget, about three times what the previous administration had in the 2017-’19 budget;
— $320 million in “new money” for highway repair and expansion;
— a 10 percent increase—or $1.4 billion—in funding for K-12 schools;
— an increase of $150 million for the University of Wisconsin system;
— $200 million to build smaller corrections facilities for housing youths convicted of crimes.
The list goes on and on, but the picture should be clear—there is a lot of money being promised in Evers’ budget. Agencies in line to receive a slice of that pie issued press release after press release praising Evers’ proposed budget.
The one thing none of those releases addressed is where the money would come from to pay for all those nice things.

(Please see the March 21 issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)

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