MADISON — The best way to see where you’re going is to remember where you’ve been. That’s especially true with state budgets.
Gov. Tony Evers’ massive, $91 billion biennial budget proposal would raise spending by more than $7 billion. Had his last budget survived as he proposed, it would have spent $8 billion more. Without the Republican-led Legislature checking the Democrat governor’s itch to spend, Evers would expand state government by $15 billion over four years — a nearly 20 percent increase in spending.
By comparison, Evers’ predecessor, Republican Gov. Scott Walker, on average proposed approximately $2 billion increases in his four budget blueprints over two terms.
“There’s no way around it, this budget spends a lot of money on a lot of new programs,” Brett Healy, president of the MacIver Institute told Empower Wisconsin last week on the Vicki McKenna Show. “It is a laundry list of every leftist extremist progressive’s dream budget.”
Healy and Scott Manley, Executive Vice President of Government Relations for Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, break down the governor’s budget plan on this edition of PowerUp, Empower Wisconsin’s podcast.