I’m having fun watching the budget stalemate, here in Wisconsin. In case you weren’t aware, we’re the only state in the nation without a finished budget. Right now, our Governor is a Democrat, our Senate is controlled by the Democrats, but our Assembly is controlled by the Republicans. The Governor and Senate are pushing for a budget that includes new taxes and new spending. The Assembly is pushing for a budget with limited new spending and no new taxes.
So far, the Assembly is winning — by virtue of the fact that they’ve gone 13 weeks without caving to Democrat demands and giving away the house on taxes. Frankly, I’m stunned. I never thought the Assembly Republicans had that much collective spine in them.
I think the Democrats are growing desperate. Despite supposedly having a superior bargaining ability, they’ve been completely unable to push through their preferred version of the budget. Now, they’re proposing that police offers “arrest” any lawmakers who don’t show up for budget negotiations and force them to negotiate.
Their “Budget Deadline Enforcement Act” is cute, but it can’t pass without Republican backing. I think that’s hilarious. The Democrats have been reduced to making empty threats to try to hide their impotence.
Fortunately, last year’s budget stays in effect until a new one is passed. That being the case: Go, Republicans, Go!