To the Editor,

I attended the October 23rd debate in Manitowoc between the two candidates running for Wisconsin’ 9th District Senate seat. Candidate Martha Laning showed a realistic grasp of the pending state budget financial crisis our legislators will have to deal with next year. The debate can still be viewed online.

Her degree in Business and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin, a Master’s in Business Administration, and experiences in the business world provide her with the skills to dig into the intricacies of a state budget.

That really was on display at the debate from her comments about the present state budget and the budget legislators will have to deal with after the election.

The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau’s $1.8 billion estimate of a structural deficit for the 2015-2017 budget years is based on the same methodology Governor Walker uses to talk about the structural deficit he had to deal with.

The global recession was a driving force in the deficit Walker inherited. But now we are not in a recession, states around us are doing very well, but we still have a huge projected deficit!? Again…the Fiscal Bureau used the same approach, as they have for years, to predict the last budget deficit as they did with our new projected budget deficit.

Rosy numbers given by some about state finances do not stand up to official Fiscal Bureau estimates. Martha Laning understands budgets and the spin that can be used to confuse citizens. Her fiscal conservatism and ability to work with financial challenges will serve us well in Madison.

November 4th we have the opportunity to perform our most important right in a Democracy... VOTING.

This is the one time you have the same power as career politicians, millionaires, billionaires, special interests, and lobbyists! Vote November 4th.

John Binder
Plymouth, WI

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