Knowing that, a new analysis proves austerity may be an easy solution for lazy conservative bureaucrats, but still doesn't balance the books.
jsonline: If new quasi-public agencies are included, Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget would increase overall spending by 1% over two years rather than reduce it as the administration had said earlier this month.
A report released Monday by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau showed the state would spend a proposed $64.1 billion in state and federal dollars over two years after including amounts that are being transferred to quasi-public authorities like the University of Wisconsin-Madison. That would amount to $609.5 million more over the 2011-'13 budget.
Spending in just the state's main account would go up by $488.4 million, or 1.7%.
The governor's budget proposal also eliminates a provision in state law that requires state agencies to study the costs of outsourcing work worth more than $25,000 against the cost of having state workers handle it.