Mopping up is part of the messy process
Says Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed state budget contained 110 pages of errors -- an unusually high number -- "and millions of dollars’ worth of mistakes" that were corrected with a follow-up document.
Positive signs but prediction a bit premature
"For our next two years in my state, we will end with a structural surplus of $499 million."
Yes, in first year. But benefit would be ongoing
"There are more members of the U.S. Senate than the number of WI families who would benefit from GOP estate tax break."
Only a reduction in some suicides
"There's no statistical evidence that" a waiting period for handgun purchases "reduces violence whatsoever."
Experts (generally) agree
"When the Constitution was written, (only) 20 to 25 percent of the people in the country could vote."
Generally, yes, with some exceptions
In Wisconsin, a "second arrest for carrying pot is a felony," but a second or subsequent arrest "for carrying a gun illegally is a misdemeanor."
Tuition hikes eased Doyle cut
Says Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed reduction in university spending is "about the size of the one" under Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, but Democrats didn’t treat Doyle’s cut as so dire.
Yes, though many profs got no grants at all
"The average faculty member at UW-Madison brings in close to a quarter million dollars a year" in grant money.
Tied for last
Wisconsin is "dead last in the Midwest for job creation."
A notch off on both counts
More than any Republican governor in the 2014 elections, "I took a higher percentage of the Republican vote"and "yet I also carried independents by 12 points."
Yes, but little practical effect expected
"In general, it appears" Wisconsin’s right to work bill would "likely apply to" the Green Bay Packers players and their union.
Lawmakers could push it lower
Borrowing in my 2015-’17 state budget is less than half that in my predecessor’s last budget and "the lowest it has been in a decade."
Just about what he said
Says Mitch McConnell credits Republicans "for recent economic improvements" even though they took control of the Senate only "days ago."
Not permanent as in forever
Two-thirds of the federal budget is "permanent law ... it's permanently appropriated."
On taxin' and spendin', advantage Wisconsin
"Wisconsin’s state budget is almost twice as large per person as the state budget of Texas, and even after billions in tax cuts, Wisconsin’s working families and businesses remain subject to a heavy tax burden."
Not quite that simple.
In Wisconsin, unions can essentially give "unlimited" contributions to political parties, but business can't give any.
Accurate in raw dollar terms
Republicans approved 12 times larger tax breaks for "people making over 350 grand" than for "the average middle-class person."
Trend accelerated after 2009
The gender gap in his support is "not unique to me" and "there’s not a huge gap from where Republicans have been in presidential, gubernatorial and US Senate elections" in recent years.
One law repealed, but main protection still in place
Wisconsin Republicans "repealed a statewide fair pay law" that made "sure women are treated fairly on the job."
A look at statistics shows it was far from a lock
Says his promise of 250,000 new private sector jobs was a "big goal."
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