Walker trying to escape Legislative Fiscal Bureau reporting structural deficit for 2015-17 to $1.8 billion

Governor Walker is doing all he can to distract and deny that his failed policies, austerity measures and shell game antics while serving as one of the most divisive governors in the country with news that Wisconsin now faces disastrous deficits in the next years, thanks to the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

The projected weakness in the state budget matters because it eventually could lead to cuts in spending on priorities such as schools or increases in state taxes or fees.

The latest estimates by the Legislature’s nonpartisan budget office jumped by more than $1.1 billion over the previous estimate of a $642 million gap released in May. The projections from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau were released Monday for the budget beginning in July 2015 and ending in June 2017.

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There appears to be predictable quiet from the anti-government “in our lives” fiscal conservative usual suspects supporting Walker, even though he made it an obsession to inflict extremist policies that invade privacy, freedom to vote, freedom to healthcare and personal decisions regarding health and outspending more that any governor in Wisconsin history while slashing or rejecting programs for infrastructure, health care, education and other improvement that were handed to him. He could have had better job creation numbers, but his petty Tea Party ignorance blinded him where it’s always political calculation overriding what’s best for the state and its people. Mary Burke made sure to set the record straight on Walker’s continnuing follies:

“Governor Walker’s fiscally irresponsible approach and his failed stewardship of a lagging economy have resulted in a state budget picture that is a mess,” she said in a statement. “I have spent my career balancing budgets and insisting on accountability; setting priorities and getting the biggest bang for the buck. Gov. Walker has spent money we don’t have. In the business world, if a CEO created this big of a financial mess, he would be fired.”

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It’s not as if all of this was not predicted as Walker was sinking Wisconsin from 11th in private sector job creation to 37th.

Walker would also put more than $100 million more into the state’s rainy-day fund, which currently holds about $279 million.

But his overall plan would leave the state in worse financial shape in the long term. Walker said his plan would add perhaps $100 million to the $725 million shortfall projected for the next two-year budget by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

Walker would also put more than $100 million more into the state’s rainy-day fund, which currently holds about $279 million.

But his overall plan would leave the state in worse financial shape in the long term. Walker said his plan would add perhaps $100 million to the $725 million shortfall projected for the next two-year budget by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

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Earlier predictions from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau expected more than $725 million in deficits from Walker’s policies.

It just got worse.