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Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Making Wisconsin's economic disaster even worse

State budget


For the past few months, Wisconsin’s structural deficit has been pegged at over $2.5 billion. Our debt dilemma keeps exploding.  Last month, I blogged:

According to U.S. Census Bureau data obtained by the Wheeler Report, state employment accounted for 70,457 full time employees during 2009, up from 69,019 during  2008. Local government employment was 222,214 during 2009, up from 214,332 during 2008. 

Nationally, the 89,526 state and local government units employed 16.6 million during 2009. The Census Bureau describes the figure as ‘statistically unchanged from 2008.’ The same holds true for part time employees that number 4.7 million during 2009, approximately the same number as 2008.

The Census Bureau detailed specific areas of employment for state and local government employees.  Most, 8.9 million, work in education. Another one million work in hospitals. Other areas include police protection (963,139), and corrections (759,513). Wisconsin is bucking a national trend. The Census Bureau reports most states showed declines in local government jobs.

Keep in mind that during the 2002 gubernatorial campaign, Jim Doyle promised he would eliminate 10,000 state jobs by 2010. WisGOP.org reported during May 2009, ‘
To date, the administration has actually taken on an extra 3,000 jobs since Doyle took office’.”

State statutes require budget requests by the various state agencies be submitted to the State Budget Office not later than September 15 of each even-numbered year.

The Wisconsin Associated Press reported July 9, 2010:

Outgoing Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, ordered state agencies to continue holding open vacant positions and freezing compensation for employees. He said they should develop their budget requests not expecting any increase in revenue, and develop plans to cut their core budgets by 10 percent by Nov. 8, only a few days after the election.”

Governor Doyle’s agency leaders weren’t paying attention, didn’t listen, or both.

The Wheeler Report, a news agency that covers the state Capitol, has been crunching the numbers of the agency budget requests that have trickled in thus far. It discovered that agency budget requests are at least $1.1 BILLION over current approved spending.  Here are the numbers.

Needless to say these enormous requests are unacceptable. The next Governor and Legislature must produce a budget in line with current household and business economies.

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