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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 young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Deficit? What $3.6 billion deficit?

Have you heard? Wisconsin isn’t broke. And if we’re not broke, that means there must be all kinds of money lying around and no need to balance our books.

In its most embarrassing PolitFact column yet, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel makes the ridiculous argument that Governor Walker isn’t telling the truth when he claims the state is broke. The newspaper’s lack of logic is mind-boggling:

 

“Andrew Reschovsky, a UW-Madison professor of public affairs and finance, said use of the term didn’t make sense when it comes to the state’s financial situation.

He said the government has powerful tools at its disposal to make ends meet: taxes or manipulating fees. You could also put off some spending or shift some debt into the next fiscal year -- tricks that state budget offices have routinely used.


Connie Kilmark, owner of a Madison firm that consults people in financial trouble, said of Walker’s ‘broke’ rhetoric: ‘It’s just not true. He’s trying to scare us all.’

The state has taxing power, and revenue is continuing to flow in -- both key factors in making ends meet, she said.

Claire Ann Resop, a Madison attorney who handles bankruptcies and reviews other bankruptcy cases filed in that part of the state, said ‘broke’ is measured by whether or not you can pay your bills. Said Resop: ‘I haven’t heard that they’ve been defaulting’."


We’re not broke because we always have other sources of cash. In other words, we can always resort to higher taxes and higher fees. Now there’s insightful thinking. Of course, this is the same newspaper that editorializes Wisconsin is not a tax hell.

This might be uproariously funny if the subject wasn’t so serious.

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