Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett has a detailed plan to “Put Madison on a Diet” and save more than $1 billion, a number which represents about half of the projected state budget deficit for the next governor.
The response from the Republican gubernatorial candidates? Crickets. As WisPolitics reports, “Neumann and Walker declined Barrett’s challenge today to offer specific spending cuts.” I’m not at all shocked Neumann and Walker declined to offer specific spending cuts, considering that on perhaps the key issue of this election – job creation – neither Nuemann nor Walker have offered any concrete plans on how to create jobs in Wisconsin, besides proposing “tax cuts,” which would only serve to drive the state’s budget deficit up by an estimated $1 billion, leaving Wisconsin $3 billion in the hole, instead of $2 billion.
Speaking of the silence from Mark Neumann and Scott Walker on government spending and job creation, here’s an ad from One Wisconsin Now: