On the path

To the Editor:

When discussing debt and deficits in our state it is important that we understand the origins and nature of these numbers. Rather than speaking in general terms, it is helpful to have more specific information about the fiscal decisions our legislators and governor are faced with.

Wisconsin’s projected surplus of nearly $1 billion in the 2013- 2015 budget reflects the fact that after all expenses are paid, we have this amount left. Even after tax relief is enacted, there will still be $113 million left over.

Our expenses are being covered. The new budget proposes borrowing for large capital improvements, much of which is dedicated to transportation projects.

The transportation budget is separate from the general budget and Governor Doyle raided it while he was in office to pay for other things. In fact, Governor Doyle borrowed $6.34 billion in his last two budgets compared to $3.78 billion in Governor Walker’s first two budgets. Blaming Walker for our current debt level is factually inaccurate.

When Senator Leibham votes to lower taxes, he’s not doing it to “look good” in the eyes of the tax payers, as some suggest.

Lowering taxes is a proven path toward economic growth. As our unemployment rate continues to fall and Wisconsin’s economy expands, more revenue will come into the government coffers.

These funds will help to pay off debt accumulated by past administrations and also lower projected structural deficits, which thanks to our conservative legislators, are much lower now than when Governor Walker took office.

Lynn Toth

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