Bag budget earmarks; protect WI families

Look, this isn’t difficult, but it must be more than Governor Doyle and the Democratic leadership on Joint Finance Committee (JFC) can handle:  when you strengthen and protect Wisconsin’s families,  you strengthen and protect the state.  When you sacrifice the safety of Wisconsin’s families, you sacrifice the safety of the state.

One of the truly legitimate roles of government is public safety–protection and justice under the law, delivered largely in WI through the Department of Justice.  Safety, protection and justice rightly done strengthen and protect families.  So,why would anyone propose a budget that instead of taking a bite out of crime, takes a bite out of the DOJ and by extension a bite out of families?

Overall, in this budget cycle, Doyle and his party minions on JFC have cut the DOJ’s budget by nearly 10%.  That means fewer investigators, crime analysts and attorneys–all of which compromises public–family–safety.   Instead of making Wisconsin a better and safer place for families, Doyle, Pocan, Miller and the other 10 JFC Democrats have made our state better and safer for criminals.  

Attorney General JB Van Hollen (R) is rightfully upset, especially when he sees inexcusable earmarks that have survived the process.  Earmarks such as “$500,000 to repair the Oshkosh Opera House, $100,000 for a stone barn and $6.6 million on a Dane County watershed project.” (h/t “Wispolitics Budget Blog”)   (Additional “interesting” earmarks.  h/t Wisconsin Club for Growth.)

Mark it down–when you sacrifice family safety on the altar of partisan politics and pet projects, you have exponentially weakened Wisconsin.

This entry was posted in Budgets.

2 comments on “Bag budget earmarks; protect WI families

  1. Kris says:

    The stone barn was built in 1903 and is on the State and National Register of Historic Places. It was also nominated to be on America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list for 2009. It is a symbolic icon on Wisconsin’s landscape. Wisconsinites are proud to be the “dairy state” which is why the town asked the state for some help funding this project over two years ago.

    Wisconsin has lost over 80% of our old barns. In 100 years our grandchildren will be looking at rusty old pole buildings. I challenge each of you as you are driving around the countryside to imagine what this state would look like without these old barns. Most of them will be gone in 20 years. We can’t save them all, but need to save some, which is why the Town of Chase municipality purchased the barn. They want to protect it.

    This is not just a stone barn in need of restorations. it will be a unique historical park that represents what this great state was built from; farms.

    The barn will be used for public and private events such as receptions, reunions, tractor shows, auctions, convensions, etc. It will also have a historical museum representing the lifestyles of rural Wisconsin settlers. Students from all over northeastern Wisconsin will have fieldtrips here to learn about Wisconsin history.

    But how will this help our economy, people ask? The barn will not restore itself. The town will have to hire people to do most of the restorations and development of the park, providing work for many locals. The materials needed for this project will have to come from other companies, also producing work.

    But the full economic impact won’t be felt until the park is completed. Once it’s open it will generate a lot of tourism to this small rural town. People will need to eat, they will need gas, they might want a place to sleep or shop, etc.

    This is a good thing and will be a great example of what this state money was designed to do….help put people back to work and revitalize communities.

    Before you judge, please check out our town website to learn more:


  2. julaineappling says:

    Thanks for a great explanation and illumination on this particular earmark item in the budget. While we generally think earmarks are inappropriate in a state budget (we’d prefer stand-alone bills that could be debated on their own merits), we know that sometimes good items do get in. Perhaps this is one of them…we’ll certainly monitor.

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