November 20, 2012
Sen. Larson Waiting on Real Numbers, Rejects Partisan Projection
Madison – Incoming Senate Democratic Leader Chris Larson (D–Milwaukee) released the following statement today in response to the Department of Administration (DOA) releasing its projections for the 2013-2015 Biennial Budget.
“I would urge legislators to be cautious before relying solely on fiscal numbers provided by an agency filled with partisan appointees. There are still a lot of moving puzzle pieces that have to be put into place, including figuring out how to finance an anticipated spending increase by Governor Walker and his administration. Instead, I would encourage fellow Democrats, Republican legislators, and Governor Walker to wait patiently for the real budgetary numbers expected to be released by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau in January.
“We also need to ensure that we are not making the same mistakes with this budget as were made last time around. In the past, Governor Walker and Republican legislators opted to worsen our values deficit by cutting money from things Wisconsinites care about, including over $800 million from our K-12 schools, so they could then brag about how we have some loose change.  
“This next budget provides us with an opportunity to create a bipartisan document that protects programs Wisconsinites value, rather than gutting them unnecessarily. This includes investing in quality education for Wisconsin’s youth, encouraging responsible economic development to create family supporting jobs, and increasing accountability and transparency measures in state agencies to weed out fraud, waste, and abuse. I look forward to working with Republicans on crafting a budget that we can all support.”