Is Land Purchase a State Spending Priority for You?
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported this week that the State of Wisconsin approved spending $18.5 million for the purchase of 24,922 acres through the State Stewardship Fund.
Wisconsin’s general fund balance is at $25 million. While this might seem like a lot of money, it’s not. Our state is mandated to maintain an ongoing balance of $65 million. A general fund balance is much like a checking account balance. In other words, this would mean that the state of Wisconsin’s checking account is dipping precariously low - low enough that we should wonder if we may be hit with some overdraft charges.
I stopped by the Radisson in La Crosse for the Julian Bradley press conference and I have to admit I was very impressed. Julian was all setup with campaign materials and posters decorating the room and there were about 50 supporters there wishing him well. When he says he is going to run a grassroots campaign he isn't kidding. People from all walks of life were there to support him and I asked him later, "Where were you when I was chairman of the La Crosse Republican Party?"
2009-2010 Legislative Report
It is a common practice for businesses to present a comprehensive annual report to their customers and shareholders. Its purpose is to provide a summary on the company’s activities over the past year and its financial performance. As taxpayers of the 32nd District, you deserve a report of the state government’s financial performance and its activities over the 2009-2010 legislative session as the general-floor period comes to an end. A complete listing of all the bills that were signed into law is available on the Legislature’s web site at http://www.legis.state.wi.us.
Despite being a member of the minority party, I was able to find some common ground with my fellow democratic colleagues and author some important bills that were signed into law.
Hmmmm.... let's see:
- Record unemployment
- A business exodus from the state
- Record deficits
- A looming energy crisis
- Un-controllable government spending
- A punitive tax structure
All of these very important issues to address and our Democrat controlled state government thinks it is more important to spend time on legislation regarding road kill. Absolutely remarkable. Their incompetence is truly stunning.