Trying it our way

We were told this might be coming about a month ago, so it isn’t a big surprise and doesn’t require a great deal of comment, but it does warrant a celebration.

In the 22 months since Scott Walker took office, Wisconsin government has gone from a structural deficit exceeding $3 billion to a budget surplus of more than $342 million.

Without increasing general fund taxes. Repeat: Without increasing general fund taxes.

On Monday, Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch announced a contribution of more than $108 million to the rainy day fund, the largest ever. It also marks the first time the budget has allowed for contributions to the fund in consecutive years.

This cannot be repeated often enough: During the winter of 2011, Wisconsin was bombarded every day with hysterical cries that Walker’s policy changes would dump teachers onto the unemployment rolls, devastate public services and crush government workers’ rights.

In the comparatively brief time since those policy changes were put in place, many school districts have hired more teachers, public services have not deteriorated, and government workers enjoy the right to keep more of the money they earn.

The same people who told us these changes wouldn’t work still seek to undo them through litigation. Monday’s announcement is one more persuasive reason why those nuisance suits need to be swept away by appellate judges with higher standards than those in the kangaroo courts of Dane County.


About Wisconsin Club for Growth
The Club for Growth is a national network of over 40,000 men and women, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc. is dedicated to informing, educating and rallying citizens of Wisconsin to embrace and enact policies that lead to sustained economic growth, limited government, and minimal taxation. Wisconsin Club for Growth can and will have an enormous impact on the direction of our state. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes that effective lobbying is done at all stages of the budget cycle, including when our leaders make public promises and can be encouraged to support policies that spur economic growth. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes we must support pro-growth policies and encourage public officials with backbones to remain truly committed to making our economy and our state stronger. Wisconsin Club for Growth believes our leaders must stand up to the tax and spend mentality in Madison and work tirelessly to cut taxes and unleash the power of the free-market.

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