After years of out of control spending, the State Assembly finally passed a balanced state budget, 60-38. Let me say that again — this budget eliminates our state's $3 billion deficit and balances the budget by leaving a surplus.
This shouldn't be a shocking statement, but due to fiscal irresponsibility of previous administrations, this will be Wisconsin's first balanced budget in many years.
We did it by enacting true budgetary reforms, making tough decisions and cutting unnecessary fat, rather than using the accounting tricks of the past.
Unlike recent budgets, we did not rely on raising taxes, transferring money from segregated funds or using one-time federal money.