With less than two months to go in a tight re-election race, the Republican governor put forward a 62-page plan that sums up the actions of his first term, defends them against the critique of his Democratic rival, former Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke, and offers several new proposals. "It's our next wave of the Wisconsin comeback. It's our plan to make sure that everyone who wants a job can find a job," Walker said in a telephone interview.
Wisconsin's state budget may be out of balance by nearly $1.8 billion when the new two-year cycle begins next July, and for that you can thank Gov. Scott Walker's fiscal policies. While the expected shortfall may end up being smaller -- or larger -- than it appears to be now, it's clear that a combination of Walker policies and lagging growth in tax revenue blew a hole in the state's finances.