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What will they do when they have to make the tough decisions?



When times are tough, solving problems are often more difficult. But in Wisconsin, times aren’t tough, at least when it comes to balancing the budget. Wisconsin has a huge budget surplus, more than $6 billion, as Governor Tony Evers and state legislators work to prepare the next state budget. The state is awash in cash, with a surplus larger than ever before, thanks largely to an infusion of federal cash to deal with the pandemic. Governor Evers wants more money for public education and a 10% tax cut for the middle class, among other spending priorities. Republicans who control the Legislature are targeting a flat tax that would largely benefit the wealthy. But with this much cash on hand, deciding how to spend it should be easier than if the state was broke. This is a good problem to have, and if our lawmakers in Madison work together, perhaps we can adopt a state budget that funds many priorities. These are the decisions are lawmakers are elected to make. If they play their cards right, they could adopt a budget that addresses the state’s most urgent needs and still provide significant tax cuts to Wisconsinites.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. nick

    January 26, 2023 at 6:47 am

    This should be a no brainer; fix the peas water situation for French Island and other communities. Then argue over what to do with the rest.

  2. Rhead

    January 26, 2023 at 10:35 am

    It easy give the money back to the tax payers who payed the money in . No brainer.

  3. Darin

    January 27, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    Why is it whenever we have a leftist Governor we end up with a budget surplus? That means that the government took more money from the private sector than it needed. There should never be a surplus.

  4. Kent Porter / Mayor of the Northside / write me in for Mayor next time around

    January 30, 2023 at 8:55 am

    The money is used for a rainy day not buying votes like Evers , spend some of the 23 million from covid money given to La Crosse to fix the french Island PEE FAS problem (Which the city caused ) instead of bailing out homeless drug addicts ( 2 million dollars already and that didn’t fix the problem ) Republicans lower taxes , they don’t hoard money away in Madison , All this green crap that wont work is also costing us trillions , wind mills , ev cars you can’t charge and ev bus’es that just explode in flames as the cars do , waste of money , costing jobs for americans and making the politicans filthy rich , WAKE UP PEOPLE !!!!!! Evers can keep his $100 rebate and give the tax payer’s on the Island some water from La Crosse water utilites

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