Not that “Wisconsin-taxes-are-too-high-and-killing-business” wasn’t a popular talking point from the right before the Pew Center Report, but its all over now. A Journal-Sentinel blog (always a beacon of intelligent thought) laments our tax burden and fleeing businesses. Perhaps the author missed Republic Airlines relocating 800 jobs to Milwaukee?
Wisconsin has some budgetary problems, no doubt, and the fed money isn’t going to be there next time around. Thankfully we’ve got legislators with no shortage of brilliant ideas.
Lieutenant Governor candidate Brett Davis wants the DOT to stop printing maps for free distribution at WI visitor centers. Democurmudgeon points out that telling tourists to “get lost” might not be the best idea for the state.
Davis has another bad idea to offer the state, zero-based budgeting. Davis (and Leah Vukmir, current rep and aspiring senator) wants state agencies to justify each component of their budget, instead of “cost-to-continue” being assumed each budget cycle.
Jimmy Carter implemented a version of zero-based budgeting. The result was excessive amounts of administrative time wasted justifying each line in a budget, much of which couldn’t be removed (entitlements, etc). Ronald Reagan ended the practice shortly after taking office.
Davis is 0-2 for good ideas solving Wisconsin’s budget problems. Anyone care to place a bet on the Lt. Gov race?