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The Wisconsin way may be better, but not best



The U.S. Congress was able to avoid yet another federal government shutdown late last week. Barely. Again. It seems that every few months Congress has to meet late into the night just to agree to fund the government. It is hardly efficient, or a long-term strategy. All these threats of shutting down are manufactured crises. Now one Wisconsin congressman says he has an idea for better funding the federal government, and it is the Wisconsin way. Congressman Brian Stiel thinks the federal government should model how Wisconsin deals with setting its state budget. Wisconsin operates under an automatic base funding rule, which says if the Governor and Legislature can’t agree on a spending plan, they just keep using the one they had. No government shutdown. Also, no new money to government agencies. But Washington shouldn’t follow Wisconsin’s model too closely. The way it has been working here is that the Governor crafts a budget, lawmakers tear it up, write much the opposite then he vetoes the parts he doesn’t like with his powerful veto pen. The Wisconsin way is hardly perfect. But Stiel is right. There has to be a better way.

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. Alternate

    March 25, 2024 at 7:37 pm

    Are you suggesting the likes of Dementia Joe be given the power of line item veto where miscellaneous combinations of letters are combined to invent law out of thin air, as Evers did last year?

    I’ll take my chances with a gridlocked Congress, thank you. The less they try to “help” us, the better.


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