Day Three of GOP Budget Crisis Briefings
Risky mergers and irresponsible borrowing dominate agenda

MADISON – For a third straight day, Wisconsin’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC) is scheduled to hear testimony regarding Wisconsin’s budget crisis.

Governor Walker’s cabinet secretaries have at times struggled to answer questions regarding the budget proposal with one secretary acknowledging that she was not consulted with regarding major provisions of the proposal and another admitting that she didn’t consult with aging and disability organizations regarding sweeping changes to limit health care and prescription drug access.

“Gov. Walker’s plan to put $1.3 billion in road projects on the state’s credit card is both financially and economically irresponsible. We need an immediate solution and greater long-term stability to address Gov. Walker’s transportation fund deficit,” said Representative Chris Taylor (D-Madison).

“The poor choices of the past four years have resulted in massive cuts to important programs that create opportunity in Wisconsin. It is painful to see that poor budgeting continue again this budget,” said Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh).

“Merging the Governor’s flagship economic develop corporation into the highly successful WHEDA does not seem like a good idea. Removing Joint Finance Committee approval for agency plans, Legislators from governing boards and unbiased financial audits from the program is a horrible idea for taxpayers,” said Senator Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton).

“WEDC has struggled since its inception. Are we really going to ‘fix’ it by merging it with another agency? Or is this an attempt to hide the problems and just change the name? We cannot afford to continue to be unsuccessful at economic development in Wisconsin,” concluded Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee).