Wednesday - April 12, 2017 9:59 am

Finally, policy items removed from WI budget

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The sudden shift toward good government in Madison is hard to overstate. Republican leadership in the legislature has done something that is quite rare. They removed all non-fiscal items from the state budget Governor Walker has proposed. It has become commonplace in Madison for Governors to insert their pet projects into a budget. That is a safe move politically, because budgets are voted up or down. An idea, like the one Governor Walker proposed to reduce the time students have to spend in the classroom, does not belong in a budget document. But Governors like to put things like that there, because then they are not subject to public hearings as they would if they had to stand on their own merits. Stripping the budget of non-fiscal items hasn't happened in Madison in 14 years. And at that time, republican legislators pulled the items from the budget proposed by a Democratic governor. That was a power play. This is good public policy. If they don't relate to spending our tax dollars, they don't belong in a state budget. If the ideas the Governor has proposed are so good, they should be able to withstand public debate and public hearings. This was a bold move by Republican leadership, and we hope it will be the new standard for future budgets in Madison.

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.