The graphic you see above is a screen shot from a chart I found on a Washington Post article today discussing the 2nd quarter fundraising efforts of candidates throughout the nation.
This is big news because it shows, for the first time in my 10-year political experience, that a challenger to Ron Kind actually raised more than the incumbent in this reporting cycle (Ron's $201,000 to Dan's $244,000).
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.