Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, March 4, 2011

Professors comment on Wisconsin budget proposals

Public affairs experts share thoughts on Wisconsin budget, policy

Three La Follette School faculty members joined a political scientist, an alum practitioner and the university's director of state relations in commenting on the public policy implications of Wisconsin's budget legislation at a La Follette School forum. Read more ...

La Follette School professors are sharing their expertise with media about the budget proposals and protests in Wisconsin.

Economist Andrew Reschovsky appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio's Joy Cardin show to discuss the governor's budget plan for 2011-13 that includes cuts to education and local government.

Reschovsky commented in two articles published by Journal Sentinel PolitiFact Wisconsin, a joint project of and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The web site researches statements by public officials and others involved in the making of public policy. Reschovsky weighs in on Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's statement that the state of Wisconsin is broke and on Assembly member Mark Pocan's statement that the structural deficit figure Walker cites for the 2011-13 budget is "bogus."

Reschovsky suggested in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the budget proposal unveiled by Wisconsin's governor likely would lead to school district cuts that would affect students. The Wisconsin State Journal and Fox News cited an analysis by Reschovsky on the possible effect of the governor's budget on school districts. He also comments in the Los Angeles Times.

International finance economist Menzie Chinn has filed several entries about the situation in Wisconsin on the blog he publishes with James Hamilton, an economics professor at the University of California, San Diego.

Political scientist Dennis Dresang told the Wall Street Journal that Robert M. La Follette, a Republican turned Progressive, would be at the Wisconsin Capitol with the protesters wanting to preserve collective bargaining rights for Wisconsin's public workers. He told the Wisconsin State Journal that limiting collective bargaining to just cost-of-living raises threatened to make union membership meaningless.

Dresang appeared on television Channel 3 on February 15 to discuss the Wisconsin governor's proposal to end most collective bargaining rights for state and local government employees.

Walker budget bill would effectively kill unions, March 4, 2011, Wisconsin State Journal

Limiting unions just part of Wisconsin governor's agenda, March 4, 2011, Los Angeles Times

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says Wisconsin is broke, March 3, 2011, Journal Sentinel Politifact Wisconsin

Joy Cardin show, 6 a.m. March 3, 2011, Wisconsin Public Radio

Budget cuts hundreds of millions of dollars from schools, March 2, 2011, Wisconsin State Journal

Walker's budget cuts would touch most Wisconsinites, March 1, 2011, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin Governor Releases 'Reform' Budget as Stalemate Continues, March 2, 2011, Fox News

In Wisconsin, 'Fighting Bob' Fights On, March 2, 2011, Wall Street Journal

Wisconsin state Rep. Mark Pocan says Gov. Scott Walker's estimate of a $3.6 billion state budget deficit is a 'bogus figure', February 25, 2011, Journal Sentinel Politifact Wisconsin