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Sun Mar 22, 2015, 08:01 AM

 

THE FACELESS FEW: In campaigning gov's absence, inner circle runs Wisconsin...badly

This, from a highly respected, conservative business leader ....

http://www.uppitywis.org/blogarticle/faceless-few-campaigning-govs-absence-inner-circle-runs-wisconsinbadly

It’s reality that our governor is giving our state part time attention as he tackles a run for the White House, which means that the executive affairs of state devolve to his staff and to his cabinet. But, in Wisconsin in recent months, all indications point to the Walker cabinet being relatively inconsequential... .

The root cause of the budget crisis is the inability or refusal of the governor’s team to deal with health cost inflation. Medicaid increases and bloated costs for covering state employees are wiping out much of the positive revenue surges from a much-improved economy. Under-managing these programs almost guarantees a budget “crisis” every two years.

And it is the semi-annual crisis that gives the governor’s team and legislative leaders the platform to make drastic moves, like whacking the university, trimming K-12, jacking public park fees and cutting their state support, and killing Stewardship [the state's natural public lands acquisition program].

So, adding it all up, if the cabinet is not at the center of policy in the capitol, and the governor is dancing a presidential tango, who is running the government?

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