PowerUp: Sen. Dale Kooyenga on Evers’ false bravado

Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 30,  2021

Gov, Tony Evers recently announced the state’s general fund recorded the largest positive balance — at $1 billion — in Wisconsin state history under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

In his victory lap, Evers again takes credit for the work of the Republican-controlled Legislature.

“We’ve worked hard to pay down the state’s debt and pay bills on time so we can continue building a strong economy by investing in the issues Wisconsinites care about from schools to roads to affordable, accessible healthcare,” the governor said in a press release.


State Sen. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) said Evers has had little to do with Wisconsin’s fiscal successes.

“He introduced a budget that brought the GAAP deficit right back up to about a billion dollars. When the Legislature was done with that budget, we made it balance on a GAAP basis again,”  Kooyenga told Empower Wisconsin’s M.D. Kittle this week on the Dan O’Donnell Show.

After taking back the Legislature and the governor’s office in 2011, Republicans began the difficult work of getting Wisconsin’s fiscal house in order. As they slowly eliminated a $3 billion GAAP budget deficit (based on actual accounting practices, not government smoke and mirrors), they were also able to deliver billions of dollars in tax relief.

Evers’ budget proposals increased taxes while ballooning the deficit. The budget the Democrat ultimately signed was reconstructed by the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee and bears little resemblance to Evers’ original spending plan.

Kooyenga said Evers has put politics before the truth.

Sen. Dale Kooyenga is our guest on this edition of PowerUp, Empower Wisconsin’s podcast.

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