Reality takes its turn
July 6, 2011
Of all the things that have been said and written about Governor Walker’s budget since the beginning of this year, the vast majority have been things alleged, predicted, or simply imagined by interest groups determined to oppose whatever the administration might try to do.
But now the bill has passed and signed into law, everyone will have ample opportunity to see the reality of Scott Walker’s budget priorities in action. Things are already looking very different from the grim picture painted by defenders of the old status quo. For instance:
- The Walker budget is the first genuinely balanced budget in a dozen years.
- It eliminates the second-biggest deficit ever projected by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, without raising taxes.
- It’s expected to produce the first state revenue surplus in more than a decade, converting a deficit of $650 for every man, woman and child in Wisconsin into a $54 per capita surplus.
- It puts the brakes on property taxes by limiting the growth of taxation on a median-value home to less than one percent annually.
- It abolishes the unelected regional transit authorities big-government Liberals were counting on to impose higher taxes.
In short, the Walker budget liberates Wisconsin residents from a growing debt burden and curbs the ability of government to take more of their money, while protecting the necessary services people expect. Some resolved long ago to never see it that way, but for most, the reality will be impossible to miss.