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Why are policy issues in state budget?

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Greg Peck
April 30, 2013

Dozens of so-called “policy issues” remain tucked in Gov. Scott Walker's budget. The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee was meeting on the budget again today (Tuesday). Items still in the budget included big issues such as ending the ability of municipalities to require that their workers live within their borders, exempting rent-to-own stores from consumer protection laws, allowing police to obtain DNA evidence from suspects at the time of arrest, and even expanding charter schools and private school voucher programs for special-needs students.

Bob Lang, the longtime respected director of the fiscal bureau, sent a memo to lawmakers stating that these were among 58 items in the budget that weren't even closely related to fiscal programs.

So is having them in the budget a good idea? After all, governors from both parties have slipped policy issues into budgets. If Democrats do it, can’t a Republican do likewise?

And just why is this a big deal?

We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Wednesday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook


Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.


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