Walker, Rep. Robin Vos and Sen. Alberta Darling all have made a ridiculous request of Barrett; go back and write an old budget so they can compare the two. They assume Democrats are as dumb as their low information voters.
Things to keep in mind, Walker trashes Barrett's jobs numbers that spanned the Great Recession, which would make anyone look bad, and it all happened during Walker's own time as Milwaukee County Executive. But that's all too complicated for conservative voters. All they know is the lousy jobs numbers put the state on the right path...I guess. WKOW:
Walker's new strategic angle; claiming a "surplus" by the end of June 2013, so I guess we should wait? But that surplus only exists if Walker continues to blow people off Badgercare:
jsonline: Coming less than four weeks before Walker's June 5 recall election, the projections take the state from a previously estimated $143 million budget deficit in its main account through June 2013 to the surplus.
But almost half of the surplus is realized by delaying payments that will ultimately cost taxpayers more in interest. The projected surplus includes $78 million that was acquired by restructuring debt. A small amount of that comes from getting lower interest rates, but most of it comes from pushing off payments and allowing long-term interest costs to rise.
But taking any of that supposed “surplus,” and applying it to the budgets shortfall, oddly is completely out of the question.
The budget numbers do not account for a sizable shortfall in the state's health programs for the poor that Walker's administration says it will deal with through increased efficiencies and spending cuts.
What would a phony announcement like this be without a completely out of place comment from the snakiest guy in the Assembly:
"This is a great example of how honest budgeting pays off," said Rep. Robin Vos.