MURSAU, STATE ASSEMBLY PASS BALANCED BUDGET
State Representative Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) issued the following statement Thursday regarding passage of the State of Wisconsin’s biennial budget:
“This is a historic day for Wisconsin,” Mursau said. “The legislature and I passed a budget eliminating a $3 billion deficit without raising taxes and, for the first time in recent memory, the structural deficit is projected to be eliminated.”
The biennial budget is required by law to be passed prior to June 30th. The structural deficit left by the Democrat-controlled- legislature and Governor Jim Doyle two years ago was $2.5 billion. This existed because that budget relied heavily on one time “stimulus” funds from the Unites States government in addition to a $3 billion tax increase without necessary spending cuts.
“I made a commitment to the voters that I would work to make government live within the ability of taxpayers to pay for necessary services,” Mursau said. “I voted for this budget in order to fulfill that commitment while ensuring spending cuts were measured and effective in a manner preserving vital services for Wisconsin families and businesses.”
Mursau fought for and inserted language into the budget requiring each state agency to itemize all base budget spending the same way local governments and school districts do. In addition, base budget reviews will itemize quarterly spending to find wasteful spending.
“It’s time to bring the light of day back to State agency budgeting,” Mursau said. “Jim Doyle was wrong to get rid of base budget review and this legislature has taken a stand that the people deserve to see how their money is being spent by the State.”