My quick take on the Legislative Fiscal Bureau's new revenue estimates. Which say that there are NO new revenue estimates, and no change in the budget .
1. This budget is officially fucked, because it leaves no room for adjustments or switching funds around, due to past and current Walker budget tricks. The UW System is especially jacked, as are local communities in need of additional state aids.
2. The GOP is running scared, and now are trying to work out an accounting trick that would keep school payments the same, but delay the payments into the next fiscal year. First, you get ZERO credit for keeping school funding the same when all other costs are going up, and second, this adds at least $250 million to the deficit in the next budget through the same tricks Scott Walker said he wouldn't do as the "brown bag" candidate in 2010.
3. All of these tricks could be avoided if the GOP stopped being pig-headed and ALEC-owned, and simply followed the guidelines laid out by the Wisconsin Budget Project.
4. This is Exhibit 10,000+ of what has been true for the last 35 years. TAX CUTS DO NOT RAISE REVENUE, and organizing a budget around that premise will fail every time.
All who signed into this garbage must go. Every last one.
I got some rare Dogfish Head to get to this evening, but I'll have more on this debacle later.