While Congressman Mark Green has spent the last eight years in Washington, D.C. turning record surpluses into record deficits, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has spent the last four years bankrupting Milwaukee County.
As County Executive, Walker has repeatedly run Milwaukee County into deficit and said just last month that the budget gap for 2007 may hit $80 million. In 2003, Milwaukee County’s budget ended up $3.5 million in the hole under Walker’s leadership – the first time in 13 years that the county budget had closed in the red. In 2004, the county budget ended $1.5 million in the red.
Green helped President Bush and Republicans in Congress turn record surpluses into the largest federal deficits in American history. Green also voted for four consecutive Bush budgets that not only created record deficits in Washington, but increased federal spending by 33 percent – from $1.84 trillion in 2001 to $2.48 trillion in 2005. The 2006 budget deficit is expected to hit $337 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Both Green and Walker also helped build a culture of overspending and fiscal mismanagement in Wisconsin as state legislators – a culture that led to a $3.2 billion deficit, the worst deficit in state history. Luckily for Wisconsin families, Governor Doyle cleaned up that mess handed to him by Republicans, balancing two straight budget deficits without raising taxes.
Great Press Release Title: "DPW: While Green Bankrupts Federal Government, Walker Bankrupts Milwaukee County"
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