Governor Walker is falling all over himself trying to find ways to give the projected budget surplus back to tax payers. But it is NOT a surplus…it is a projected surplus…not money in the bank or cash on the barrel head…a projected surplus projected by the same people in Madison who projected the short fall in this very same budget cycle just last summer. So were they right then and if not why are they right now? And who’s to say they won’t come up with a totally different projection in six months…well maybe not six months…maybe more like after the fall elections.
Now my personal preference for spending actual surplus dollars would be state education at all levels…because really…I am not going to get much personal benefit out of the 2% savings in my property taxes…but the total if given to education would have some impact. But I digress down the same rabbit hole as the governor.
But what should really happen is we pay as we go…instead of having a $725 million shortfall we should just use the ‘projected surplus’ to pay our way…and at the end of the 2013-2015 budget we just might have an extra $186 million in the bank.
To me, Governor Walkers attempts to return money that we don’t actually have is just a “misguided political stunt”.