Scott Walker: The Structural Deficit King (7/21/10)

Jul 20, 2010

Facing $100 Million In the Red, He Can Neither Save Nor Spend Wisely

MADISON – Scott Walker continued to show why he can’t be trusted with taxpayer money with the shocking report that his budget could be $45 million in the red next year, with a $100 million structural deficit by 2014.

The assessment by the nonpartisan Public Policy Forum follows a 2011 budget that was $6 million in the hole, a 2009 budget that was $15 million in the hole and severe deficits since he took office in 2002.

Meanwhile, Walker has presided on a 35 percent growth in spending, from $1.1 billion to $1.5 billion, rendering meaningless his claims of fiscal responsibility. Also, having raised the county’s tax levy every single year he’s been in office, to the tune of $40 million, Walker continues to make phony pledges about tax cuts. 

“He raises taxes, can’t spend money wisely and neither can he save money well. With $100 million in deficits for Milwaukee County, and having raised taxes by $40 million, the only thing he would do to the state’s $2.5 billion structural deficit is increase it,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Wednesday. “Scott Walker won’t be elected governor, but at least he can hold the title of Structural Deficit King.”