Politifact: Pronounces Opposite Rulings On Basically Same Premise

This is just a little Sunday quickie related to two recent Politifact Wisconsin articles published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The first one rated Senator Chris Larson’s statement on the projected $1.8 billion shortfall in the as yet proposed 2015 – 2017 budget as FALSE.

On the day a Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau report [...]

Governor Walker Still Can’t Manage

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an article comparing/contrasting the positions of candidate Mary Burke and Governor Walker on the just announced $1.8 Billion projected deficit in the 2015 – 2017 Wisconsin State budget.

Governor Walker in one of his most captain obvious moments said:

Walker said the projections also reflected the effects of his tax [...]

Scott Walker’s budget projected to leave state with $1.8 billion shortfall

Looks like there’s more budgetary bad news here in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin. The expected shortfall for the next two-year state budget starting in July has risen to nearly $1.8 billion, or about half of what it was when Gov. Scott Walker took office in January 2011.

Meanwhile, the state’s projected gap in its current budget [...]

Legislative Fiscal Bureau: Wisconsin could need budget repair bill

According to the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Wisconsin could need a budget repair bill by next summer if its economic situation doesn’t improve quickly.

That projection is still subject to change, and an Oct. 15 report from Gov. Scott Walker’s administration could give a clearer picture about whether a repair bill is needed, the Legislative [...]

Gov. Walker’s administration announces economic growth, job creation failures

Republican Gov. Scott Walker got a bunch of bad news earlier today, as his administration announced tax collections for the fiscal year that ended in June were $281 million less than Walker’s administration had anticipated, leaving the biennial budget on pace for a $115 shortfall.

Walker’s administration also announced on Friday that private sector job [...]

State tax collections fall $281 million short of projections

I guess now we know why Gov. Scott Walker was so nervous about the roughly $25 million casino payment the Potawatomi Tribe withheld this week. State tax collections fell short of expectations by $281 million last year, providing potential difficulties in the future for the state budget and immediate fodder for this fall’s tight governor’s [...]

Does Wisconsinhave “limited reserves” or “nearly a billion dollars in surplus”?

This tweet sums up what I’m wondering about Wisconsin’s reserve funds.

Same day: GovWalker says WI has "limited reserves" AND "nearly a billion dollar in surplus." Which is it?! #wiunion pic.twitter.com/Rfe9Bbq91h

— Mary Erpenbach (@MaryErpenbach) August 28, 2014

Gov. Walker admits withheld casino payment impacting state’s limited reserves

On Tuesday it was reported the Forest County Potawatomi tribe, the operators of a casino/hotel in Milwaukee, are withholding their $25 million casino fee to the state as part of an ongoing brouhaha over the Menominee tribe’s proposed off-reservation casino/hotel in Kenosha. Gov. Walker was supposed to make a decision on whether to approve or [...]

Walker administration to pay $1.7 million to outside companies to identify state buildings to sell

As reported by Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has committed to paying nearly $1.7 million to four private companies for their assistance in determining whether the state should sell heating and cooling plants and other state-owned properties. Studying the issue is expected to cost even more. The state is [...]

Scott Walker’s Wisconsin will spend $559 million more than it is expected to take in next year

On the heels of last week’s news that the state’s tax collections were lagging behind projections comes news the state of Wisconsin will spend $559 million more out of its main account next year than it is expected to take in, according to a report from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

Predictably, Gov. Scott Walker’s [...]

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