Walker's lying -- well, that or he's incompetent. You decide.
For those who still support him because he "fixed the budget"... you might want to reevaluate what Walker and his owners with Americans for Prosperity, etc. tried selling to you back in the early days.
Nash column: Why they support Walker
Most people aren’t aware that Wisconsin’s Constitution mandates a balanced budget.
Former Gov. Jim Doyle balanced it, as have governors before him. Yet Walker makes it sound like a big deal. The same way he proudly announced that he’d repealed the cap on expansion of the Family Care program, while failing to mention the federal government ordered the state to do it.
On his 2010 campaign website, Walker stated, “I promise to require the use of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to balance every state budget, just as we require every local government and school district to do.”
He called Doyle a liar for using the cash accounting method to make the budget appear balanced. However, after he was elected, Walker did the same thing.
GAAP is an accounting method used by corporations, smaller businesses and local governments. Despite chastising Doyle for it, Walker used the cash accounting method, instead of the GAAP, when he told us he’d balanced the budget and eliminated the deficit. With this method, expenses that occur in one fiscal year are pushed into the next year, creating an artificial surplus. Guess what? The budget isn’t balanced.
So how about the deficit? On Jan. 11, Bob Lang, director of the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, sent a letter to Assemblyman Jon Richards, D-Milwaukee. Lang stated: “In the Budget in Brief that accompanied the Governor’s 2011-2013 budget message, the administration projected that the GAAP
deficit for the state will be $2.99 billion in 2011-12 and $3.02 billion in 2012-13.”
The governor’s own projections show that the deficit wasn’t close to being eliminated.