Remember Rosie Ruiz? She stunned the running world when she finished first in 1980’s Boston Marathon in record time.
Except, she didn’t. She lied. Her remarkable feat was quickly uncovered as a hoax. Ruiz “won” the race by sneaking into it about a mile from the finish line.
Gov. Tony Evers is the Rosie Ruiz of governors.
The tax-and-spend liberal, who proposed over $1 billion in tax increases in his 2021-23 budget plan, is audaciously taking credit for the historic tax cuts in a budget written by Republicans.
In short, Evers Ruized it.
“This morning, I’m signing one of the largest tax cuts in Wisconsin state history,” Evers said at a news conference last week. “The bipartisan budget, along with prior reductions, not only delivers on my promise to cut taxes for middle-class families by 10 percent, I’m cutting middle-class income taxes by 15 percent.”
As Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu rightly put it, Evers “deserves NO credit for signing our budget.”
While seven Democrats ultimately voted for the two-year spending plan (a rare act of “bipartisanship” in deeply divided Wisconsin), it wasn’t Evers’ budget to sign.
The Republican-controlled Legislature rebuilt the governor’s $91 billion, bloated budget proposal from the ground up. They tossed out hundreds of non-fiscal policy items meant to please Evers’ far left base. They trimmed until they got spending at less than 2 percent. And they protected taxpayers from Evers’ latest money grab as they sought an unprecedented $3.4 billion in tax cuts — including $2.5 billion in income relief and $650 million in property tax reductions.
It was Evers at the end who, with his veto pen, slashed $250 million in tax cuts for small businesses, stalled $700 million in income tax relief, and greedily clutched $550 million that was supposed to go to the state’s rainy day fund.
Then he saunters in at the 25th mile of the marathon and takes a bow for his “bipartisan” budget with massive tax cuts.
Tony Evers is the Rosie Ruiz of governors.
He’s also Empower Wisconsin’s Tool of the Week.