June 24, 2015

SUCH DYSFUNCTION DOESN'T MATTER TO A SINGLE-ISSUE CANDIDACY:

Scott Walker, Set for a Bigger Stage, Faces G.O.P. Revolt in Wisconsin (TRIP GABRIEL, JUNE 23, 2015, NY Times)

Lawmakers are stymied over how to pay for road and bridge repairs without raising taxes or fees, which Mr. Walker has ruled out.

The governor's fellow Republicans rejected his proposal to borrow $1.3 billion for the roadwork, arguing that adding to the state's debt is irresponsible.

"The governor rolled out $1.3 billion in bonding," Scott Fitzgerald, the Senate majority leader, said in an interview. "It's not been well received, is the best way to put it."

The budget stalemate forced Mr. Walker late last week to move the goal posts on the announcement of his all-but-certain presidential candidacy. For months, he said it would come after he signed a new budget -- timing meant to contrast his ability to get things done with Washington dysfunction.

But on Thursday, Mr. Walker said he would announce after "the end of the budget year." That is, any time after June 30, the last day of the fiscal year. With lawmakers saying they might not finish their work before mid-July, he will not wait for a finished budget.

He still broke the unions. 

Posted by at June 24, 2015 2:44 PM
  

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