Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Budget winners and losers

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Looking at any political contest, there are winners and losers. In the state budget process winners and losers are often determined not so much by what is in the budget, but by the fight over the budget. Over at the MacIver Institute, I list the winners and losers – and the reasons why. An excerpt:

Legislation and war have both been described as sausage grinding, and this year’s budget process had aspects of both war and sausage making. No battle plan survives contact with the enemy, a famous German general once said. The budget signed by Governor Scott Walker is significantly different than the one he proposed.

Despite complete control of the budget process by Republicans, there were real fights over policy and different visions for state government. Now that the smoke has cleared from the state budget, we can survey the political battlefield and see the winners and losers.

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