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WisEye Morning Minute: Evers’ Choice – Veto GOP Budget, Or Line-Item Veto It?

WisEye Morning Minute: Evers’ Choice – Veto GOP Budget, Or Line-Item Veto It?

On June 28, 2019, WisconsinEye Senior Producer Steve Walters and WisPolitics.com Editor JR Ross discussed Governor Tony Evers potential choices to make on the budget now that it has been passed in both Houses. The budget is $81.6 billion which is an upper of 5 percent from the current budget, but $2 billion less than Gov.

Lazy dog’s not learning any new tricks

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos complains that Governor Tony Evers isn’t being bipartisan by vetoing their tax bill.

First rule of bipartisanship….having a bill named essentially the same thing…isn’t being bipartisan. Ya know? Plus you knew your bill would be vetoed when you passed it. It wasn’t going to accomplish the things the governor aims to do. It wasn’t sustainable. It was outside the budget process. It was rushed. It was another attempt to co-opt the governor’s platform. You do know that he is moving you left? I wrote about that!

Via Robin Vos Doesn’t Understand How Bipartisan Works! @ Blogging Blue.

Cruz

Any assistance Walker can render Cruz is in line with Walker’s stated goal last fall of defeating Donald Trump.As recently as March 7th, The Daily Caller was reporting that Walker was weighing whether to endorse a candidate before the Republican Primary. Walker also told The Daily Caller, “And I think for the candidates I might be inclined to endorse, nobody would be surprised in that, I haven’t endorsed, [but] I’m probably handily more aligned politically with the two senators — Cruz and Rubio, but I’m not going to make an endorsement one over the other.”

Via Wigderson: Scott Walker Needs To Endorse Ted Cruz @ Right Wisconsin.

How bad it’s recently been in Wisconsin

Not that this should surprise you, but it’s not good, as the state has lost serious ground in recent months, losing private sector jobs in each of the last 3 months. Since January 2015, Wisconsin has grown jobs at less than half the rate of the U.S., and is also (yet again) the worst in the Midwest.

Private sector job growth, Jan 2015- Jan 2016
Mich +2.25%
U.S. +2.21%
Iowa +1.73%
Ohio +1.71%
Ind. +1.68%
Minn +1.27%
Ill. +1.10%
Wis. +0.93%

Via Jake’s Economic TA Funhouse: National update shows how bad it’s recently been in Wisconsin.

Plain Talk: State of environmental protection would upset Gaylord Nelson

A recent story in the Wisconsin State Journal described how the current leadership of the DNR is hurriedly putting together a reorganization of the department that many fear will reduce the department’s ability to keep tabs on potential polluters. That is coming on top of several laws passed in the state Legislature’s most recent session that will harm our state’s waters.

And that’s on top of a gradual reduction in DNR staff, including educators and foresters, and decimation of the department’s Science Bureau. And that’s still on top of the Walker administration’s directive to the DNR to sell off some of the land preserved by the Knowles-Nelson fund.

Via Plain Talk: State of environmental protection would upset Gaylord Nelson @ madison.com.

Stalled?

Madison —Senate Republicans likely won’t act Tuesday on bills to eliminate a deductions cap on student loan interest, fine so-called sanctuary cities and let Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele turn over debt collection for the county over to the state.

The bills weren’t on a tentative agenda for Tuesday’s planned final session that was released by the office of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), leaving the proposals with almost no time left as the session draws to a close. The Senate calendar will be approved by the end of Monday.

Via Senate likely to stall bills on sanctuary cities, college loans @ JSOnline.

Still bad 

And adding an average of 2,700 jobs a month in Wisconsin is less than half what we should be adding if we want our job growth to keep up with the rest of the country, and it was even worse in the 6 months before then. This means the Walker jobs growth has blow up wide in since this time last year, getting bigger by more than 32,000 private sector jobs, and reaching over 103,500 jobs during the 5-year reign of error known as the Age of Fitzwalkerstan.

Via Jake’s Economic TA Funhouse: New job benchmarks reiterate same story- Wisconsin staying behind.