Bombshells in the Budget
Unsustainable, Irrational Spending Increases
Governor Evers has proposed increasing state spending by a whopping 8.3% in the next budget. To put this in perspective, the average spending increase over the last eight years was 2.8%, roughly the rate of inflation. Governor Evers’s spending is more than twice the highest amount of the last decade!
On top of that, Governor Evers has also proposed a building program of $2.5 billion. That’s more than twice the building of either of the last two budgets! And of that $2.5 billion, more and $1 billion is in Milwaukee and Dane Counties. There are worthy projects all over the state. The improvement at the Union Grove Veterans Home, the Wisconsin History Museum (which has a 30% private-sector match), and the new juvenile corrections facilities are all worthy inclusions. But having the state pay for buildings that haven’t been designed yet, or aren’t owned by the state shouldn’t be included.
Part of leadership and part of budgeting is having to say “No.” Maybe Governor Evers will learn that someday. But it’s clear in his first budget, he said “yes” to virtually every spending idea that came across his desk. This is not a rational or reasonable way to budget.