Deficit Category Archive


  • Why a $1 Billion Shortfall Looks Like Progress Under Gov. Scott Walker’s Budget

    Gov. Scott Walker’s budget would leave the state with a mid-sized shortfall of just over $1 billion after the 2018 election, a new report finds. The projections by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 03/24/2017
  • Fiscal Bureau: Scott Walker’s Budget Leaves $1.1 Billion Hole Starting in 2019

    It shows Walker’s plan for the 2017-19 budget, which back-loads spending and tax cuts into its second fiscal year, leaves a structural deficit of $1.1 billion that lawmakers would have to erase...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/24/2017
  • Gov. Walker’s Proposed Budget Features Increased Spending, $1 Billion Plus in Borrowing

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker laid out a two-year, $76 billion budget proposal that offers a mix of tax cuts, more school funding, and the lowest bonding authorization in years.

    Bond Buyer, 02/09/2017
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Budgets

    As governor, Scott Walker’s approach has been to reward the wealthy and corporations with tax cuts, both in the budget and through special legislation.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/09/2015
  • Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Owes Sears Up to $50,000: Report

    Both Walker's household and the deficit-laden state of Wisconsin under his purview are spending far more than they bring in. Seems Scott Walker might want to change his slogan to 'Do as I say, not as I do.'

    People, 04/29/2015
  • Walker Budget Skips Debt Payments to Make Up for Walker’s Tax Cuts

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, facing a $283 million deficit that needs to be closed by the end of June, will skip more than $100 million in debt payments to balance the books...

    Bloomberg, 02/18/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Budget Deficit Keeps Getting Worse As He Campaigns in Iowa and California.

    The highly respected and nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) released new projections showing that Wisconsin is ending its current budget with a $283 million deficit, more than twice what Walker’s aides said...

    Express Milwaukee, 01/27/2015
  • GOP Puts ‘Supreme Injustice’ Partisan Power Grab on Legislative Fast Track

    Legislative Republicans have fast-tracked resolutions to undo Wisconsin's 125 year-old system of selecting the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/19/2015
  • Gov. Walker’s Math Problem Much Bigger Than Spelling Woes

    We agree with Scott Walker and his sycophantic friends in the right-wing media that we can now move past his embarrassing ‘molotov’ gaffe. But an analysis of Gov. Walker’s abysmal math is much more explosive.

    One Wisconsin Now, 12/11/2014
  • Scott Walker Polling Voters on Presidential Run

    Walker’s campaign is polling voters on his planned presidential run, asking favorability questions about various Republican and Democratic candidates, including fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/19/2014
  • Walker 2016: Well, That Didn’t Take Long

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that Walker’s weekend presidential posturing follows his election night speech in which he made mention of “Washington” as frequently as “Wisconsin.”

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/10/2014
  • Mentions of ‘Washington’ Equal ‘Wisconsin’ in Gov. Walker’s Election Night Speech

    Walker's eleven-minute speech mentioned Wisconsin ten times, Washington nine times and America twelve times. A stunning display that Wisconsin's Governor has already moved on to his next electoral objective.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/05/2014
  • Walker: Where Have We Heard That Before?

    In his first term in office Gov. Scott Walker signed at least nineteen bills or budget provisions into law that were drawn from corporate bill factory ALEC.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/22/2014
  • Gov. Walker Needs to Go Back to School on Education Policy

    As students across Wisconsin head back to school, it’s Gov. Scott Walker who needs to be educated about the impact of his wrong-headed education policies.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/29/2014
  • The Latest ‘Wisconsin Comeback’ Under Gov. Walker: Budget Deficits

    MADISON, Wis. — In a recent TV ad the increasingly desperate campaign of Gov. Walker claims to have eliminated budget deficits. But the release of new tax collection figures could put the current...

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/28/2014
  • Wisconsin Working Families and Middle Class Lose Big As Top GOP Legislative Leaders Flip-Flop Way to Budget Deal

    MADISON, Wis. — In his 2010 campaign, Gov. Walker signaled support for a bill to ban the legislature from voting after 10pm because, “… nothing good happens after midnight. That’s even more...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/04/2013
  • Walker’s 2013-15 Budget Played Politics & Middle Class Loses

    As a result of the budget: Due to the Republican plan to reject Medicaid expansion, taxpayers will pay $206 million more to provide healthcare to 84,700 fewer people Instead of using a...

    2013 Assembly Bill 40, 01/01/2013
  • Walker’s 2013-15 Budget Measures Undermine Public Education

    The 2013-15 budget included measures that: Continue the public education deficit created in the 2011-13 budget; Expand the private school voucher program and increase its funding by $90 million; Create an income...

    2013 Assembly Bill 40, 01/01/2013
  • The Real Ryan Record: Failure, Fraud, Fealty

    Rep. Paul Ryan’s carefully crafted wonkish persona belies an abysmal record of failure and regressive social and economic agenda. The Real Ryan Record is failure, fraud and fealty to party bosses.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/28/2012
  • State Faces $143 Million Shortfall As Tax Collections Lag

    The state’s budget projections have deteriorated by $216 million, opening a new shortfall for Gov. Scott Walker to confront amid the political dogfight of a likely recall election. The estimates by the...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/08/2012
  • Scott Walker’s Rhetoric Versus Reality

    MADISON, Wis. — Governor Scott Walker failed to tackle Wisconsin’s jobs crisis – posting six straight months of job losses here while nationally jobs are being added – and is now poised...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/24/2012
  • Walker Tells Public Budget Is Balanced, Tells Fed Government WI Has Budget deficit

    Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has touted for months its efforts to balance the state budget, but now it also has acknowledged a significant way in which the budget isn’t balanced. To keep...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/22/2012
  • Facts Tell Different Story Than Deceptive Walker Education Ad

    MADISON, Wis. — The Monona Grove school district cited in Gov. Scott Walker’s latest deceptive television ad as being a success story, has lost teachers, seen higher class sizes rise throughout the...

    One Wisconsin Now, 12/08/2011
  • In First Year As Governor, Walker Admin Proposed Sharply Raising Premiums for State Health Programs & Force Others to Lower Cost or Private Plans

    To fill a half-billion dollar budget hole in state health programs, Gov. Scott Walker’s administration wants to raise premiums sharply for some families and shift hundreds of thousands of residents to lower-cost...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/30/2011
  • Walker Raided $411 Million From Other Funds to Fill the Budget Deficit

    According to a July 5, 2011 Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo, Walker used the following funds for purposes other than for which the fund was created:

    Legislative Fiscal Bureau, 07/05/2011
  • Walker’s Budget Scheme: Undemocratic, Unbalanced, Potentially Unconstitutional

    Gov. Scott Walker’s scheme to allow the government to take away the rights of Wisconsin workers is part of an unbalanced and potentially unconstitutional proposal that would add at least $30 million to the state’s credit card and allow the Governor’s health agency director to slash health care access and raise costs without the approval of the legislature.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/14/2011
  • Walker Concocts ‘Scoop and Toss’ Borrowing Scheme to Pay for $140 Million in Special Interest Spending

    Madison— Republican Gov. Scott Walker plans to pay for $140 million in new special interest spending signed into law in January by extending the state’s long term debt in a “scoop and...

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/10/2011
  • Diverse Voices Register Opposition to Unneeded Voter Identification Bill

    MADISON, Wis. — Opponents of proposed legislation to restrict voter access to the polls, gathered at the State Capitol Wednesday to condemn so-called Voter ID legislation as a costly, unnecessary plan, which...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/25/2011
  • Will Insurance Customers Change Companies When GOP Bill Doesn’t Cut Their Rates?

    MADISON, Wis. — Insurance companies across the state could see a mass exodus of existing Wisconsin customers if rates do not drop immediately after passage of an insurance lobby-supported bill to reduce...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/20/2011
  • Steineke: ‘I Don’t Particularly Care What People Think’

    MADISON, Wis. — State Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Vandenbroek), who has a long history of driving infractions including drunk driving, hit and run and driving without a license multiple times, when recently asked...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/17/2011
  • Tax-Shy Randy Hopper’s $250 Million Yearly Capital Gains Giveaway

    MADISON, Wis. — Sen. Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac), who paid net state income taxes once in ten years, has proposed an end to capital gains taxes, which primarily benefit the wealthy...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/13/2011
  • Leibham Admits Voter ID Bill Will Cost Big Money

    “That will potentially cost some additional money to the state and to state taxpayers…” [Sen. Leibham, WUWM News, 1/12/2011] MADISON, Wis. — State Sen. Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) admitted to reporters the Republican...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/12/2011
  • Private Health Savings Accounts: Don’t Create Jobs, Hike Deficit

    MADISON, Wis. — The Republican plan to give a tax break to high deductible private health savings accounts would increase the deficit $48 million in the next two years, create no jobs...

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/10/2011
  • Will Walker Answer Three Simple Questions at Tonight’s Debate?

    “Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, has yet to state publicly what cuts he would make, though his campaign says he will in the coming weeks.” [Appleton Post-Crescent, 6/13/10] MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee...

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/14/2010
  • Milwaukee County Debunks Walker’s False Debt Reduction Claim

    Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has claimed repeatedly for the past year that he has reduced Milwaukee County’s debt by between 10 and 30 percent, but one of his own top administration officials admitted Sunday the “county debt has risen 85 percent under Walker.”

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/03/2010
  • Questions for Walker to Answer at Tonight’s Debate

    One Wisconsin Now offered the following questions for County Executive Walker to answer about his tax cut plan for the rich and big business.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/23/2010
  • Will Walker Finally Say How He Will Pay for $3 Billion in Tax Cuts, Loopholes, Shift for Rich, Big Business?

    MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker remains unwilling to identify the cuts to education, health care, police and fire protection he would make to pay for nearly $3 billion in...

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/15/2010
  • Questions for Walker to Answer at Tonight’s Debate

    MADISON, Wis. — In advance of tonight’s statewide television debate, One Wisconsin Now offered the following questions for Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker to answer about his tax cuts plan for the...

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/24/2010
  • Walker’s Record of Failure, Mismanagement Warehoused at ScottWalkerFailureFiles.com

    Scott Walker’s long record of failed leadership, mismanagement and skewed priorities are featured on a new interactive and multi-media website.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/06/2010
  • Walker’s Lack of Constitutional Knowledge Rivals His Budget Incompetence

    “As governor, I’ll find ways to do more with less …and sign an amendment that will protect funds like these from future raids.” “¢ Walker Statement, 7/20/10 (Note: Since One Wisconsin Now...

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/19/2010
  • Budget Deficit Grows, Walker Still Refuses to Say How He’ll Pay for Tax Cuts, Shifts

    MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker still refuses to say how he will finance a budget-busting $3-billion tax cut and shift scheme that would slash funds from education, health care,...

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/11/2010
  • County’s Massive Overtime, Costly Privatization Gives Walker Zero Management Credibility

    Scott Walker has promised to reveal his plans in the coming days to reduce the state government payroll, but if his Milwaukee County record is any indication of his plans, taxpayers will be socked with higher costs and compromised safety.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/05/2010
  • Walker’s Latest Gimmick: Cut 29,000 Jobs; Slash Worker Pay 42 Percent

    Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker refuses to detail how he will pay for his nearly $2 billion in tax cuts that overwhelmingly benefit the rich and big business.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/14/2010
  • One Wisconsin Now Fact Checks ‘Facts-Free’ RPW Walker Ad

    MADISON, Wis. — The first television advertisement for Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s campaign for governor paid for by the Republican Party of Wisconsin not only is full of distortions and exaggerations,...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/24/2010
  • Walker Ad Fact Check Shows Exaggerations, Falsehoods Throughout

    MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s latest campaign ad is riddled with falsehoods, distortions and half-truths about his disastrous record for Milwaukee County, according to a fact check of the...

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/17/2010
  • Walker to Pay for Part of $2 Billion Tax Cut Plan for Rich, Big Business By Cutting Seniors, Family From Health Care Coverage

    [Walker] said he was studying whether the state should change eligibility standards for the state’s Medicaid program, which provides health care for the poor, elderly and disabled.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/12/2010
  • Walker’s Record of Massive Spending Hikes Is in the Bag

    MADISON, Wis. — Contrary to calls for fiscal restraint in his latest television advertisement, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker voted to increase state spending 84 percent as a member of the state...

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/21/2010
  • One Wisconsin Now Statements on the Success, Anniversary of the Recovery Act

    MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now released the following statements from Executive Director Scot Ross on the one-year anniversary of the successful America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). ARRA has provided $2.76...

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/16/2010