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.