Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
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The newspaper did some digging:
“Former Gov. Chet Culver moved around $23.5 million in tax dollars in his last 18 months as he saw fit.
Newly elected Gov. Terry Branstad transferred an even higher amount in the last full year of his previous tenure as governor, state records show.
A review of financial records by The
But among 17 years of comparative data provided by the Department of Management, it was Branstad, a Republican, who had the highest amount of transfers in a single year.
In 1998, Branstad tapped $43.4 million and shifted it into state welfare funds.”
Wisconsin’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau reports that during each biennium from 2003-05 through 2007-09, transportation fund revenues were used to balance the state budget:
1) The 2003-05 budget used a combination of direct appropriations from the transportation fund for general fund programs (shared revenue and K-12 education aids) and a transfer of revenues from the transportation fund to the general fund, for a total of $675.0 million.
2) The 2005-07 budget transferred $427.0 million from the transportation fund to the general fund.
3) The 2007-09 budget and the 2008-09 budget adjustment act together resulted in a transfer of $155 million from the transportation fund to the general fund.
The total loss to the transportation fund over those six years due to Jim Doyle’s raids was $435.4 million. That’s why Wisconsin Republicans will consider legislation to prohibit such raids in the future. Such legislation is fair, makes great sense, and is necessary.