Not only does the Walker administration thinks its nasty socialism to spread the wealth, it’s also wrong to spread the pain of his austere budget to all sectors. While everyone else in the state is tightening their belts, our Republican government is spending more than most states.
Don’t get me wrong, I want the spending and draconian cuts restored, but the smoke and mirrors agenda by state Republicans has now been revealed.
Wis. Taxpayer Alliance: State spending increases in Wisconsin exceeded national averages in both 2011 and 2012, while budget reserves remain among the smallest in the nation. According to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “State budgets in 2012: How do we stack up?,” state spending here rose 5.8% in 2011 and was budgeted to grow 4.4% in 2012. National averages were 4.0% and 2.9%, respectively.
Another words, Republicans can’t say they cut state spending. Period.
A few states that have spent more, without the dramatic Walker style cuts, have seen their economies improve. Which proves state economies can be run another way, and still see improvements.