ICYMI: The Republican Budget Writing Process Is Broken

Jun 28, 2017

Just days ahead of the July 1 deadline for a finalized state budget, Republicans’ budget-writing process completely broke down after a short, tense meeting between Assembly and Senate Republican leadership. 

“Wisconsin families want a budget that funds their local schools and fixes their crumbling roads, but Republican bickering only adds more uncertainty for hard-working Wisconsinites,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Brandon Weathersby said on Wednesday. “Republican’s own this failure and there is no excuse for their inability to govern. It’s clearly time to work with Democrats to find solutions and pass a responsible state budget.”

Here’s what the state is saying around the state about the Republican failure to finish a biennial budget:

Wisconsin State Journal: State budget impasse escalates after tense negotiation ends abruptly
Senate and Assembly Republican leaders were supposed to meet all day Tuesday to iron out their differences on the new, two-year state budget ahead of a July 1 deadline.

Instead, they met for less than 45 minutes before ending abruptly, then aired their frustrations about an escalating budget impasse.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, told reporters in the Capitol press room that Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, spent a lot of the time “talking at us, seeming angry, and then said ‘We’re done,’” before leaving the meeting

WISC-TV: Wisconsin budget talks break down
Budget talks between Wisconsin state Assembly and Senate Republicans have broken down.

Leaders from both sides on Tuesday called each other’s position on how to pay for road construction projects “laughable.” A meeting with Republican leaders abruptly ended after 40 minutes.

AP: UPDATE: Wisconsin budget talks break down 
Republican state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says if the Legislature can’t pass a budget in July, the GOP “will have egg on our faces.”

But Fitzgerald and Assembly Republicans emerged from a closed-door meeting Tuesday saying no progress had been made. Fitzgerald says it is “really frustrating” to be nearing the beginning of July and still have no deal.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin budget still in limbo as Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald 
trade blame for delays
Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) also said the state can’t continue to rely on borrowed money to build its roads. She said there were no excuses for the fact that Republicans control all of state government but haven’t reached a budget deal. “It demonstrates their inability to govern,” she said.