Lawmakers in both parties have different expectations for the two-year budget Gov. Scott Walker will roll out Wednesday.
“We know that there’s going to be more money for K-12, there will be more money for transportation, there will also be — in pure Gov. Walker fashion — more money for tax cuts as well,” said Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, Assembly vice chair of the Joint Committee on Finance.
“I’m looking just like everyone else out there to see what the details are, and after next week, we’ll start looking at the details, and making a good budget great,” Kooyenga said on “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” which is produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.
Dem Rep. Gordon Hintz of Oshkosh, who also sits on Joint Finance, said he expects to see a budget geared toward a Walker bid for re-election in 2018.
“To me, it looks like somebody who might be in the low 40s, who is getting ready for re-election, and is going to try to run on fixing a lot of the problems he’s created over the last six years,” Hintz said.
The lawmakers said they are especially interested to see what the governor proposes on transportation.
“We need some leadership on transportation,” Kooyenga said. “There’s no doubt about that.”
Hintz said Walker “continues to punt down the road and borrow and borrow and borrow.”
“Is the governor going to continue to borrow, or is he actually going to be a leader and step up and have something in his budget that pays for infrastructure long term?” Hintz asked.
Also on the program, the Devil’s Advocates radio hosts discussed their move to a new station, NewsTalk 1510 AM, in the Milwaukee area. The duo lost their Madison radio home in a format change last year.
Co-host Mike Crute bought the station to restore a progressive talk line-up in southeastern Wisconsin.
Gousha asked them if the Trump presidency presents them with new opportunity to grow their audience.
“I told my wife that if Donald Trump got elected, I would become rich and famous,” Crute said, adding that a “tea party of the left” is springing up.
“For my own purpose, this is resistance radio,” Crute said.
Radio partner Dominic Salvia said a lack of distribution has hurt progressive radio talkers.
“You can have the greatest product in the world, but if nobody can hear you, it doesn’t really matter,” Salvia said.
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