Wisconsin to forgo Dairy State label for pork

Well, how else would you explain the recent state budget decisions?

The MJS ran a story on earmarks last week. The Club for Growth Wisconsin offered these highlights in their June 3rd newsletter:

$6.6 million for a Yahara River project in Dane County; the county is represented mostly by Democrats, including the committee’s co-chairmen, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona).

$500,000 for the Oshkosh Opera House; Republican Sen. Randy Hopper and Rep. Gordon Hintz, a Democrat, represent Oshkosh.

$500,000 for Eco Park in La Crosse; represented by Sen. Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse) and committee member Rep. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse).

$500,000 for the Aldo Leopold Climate Change Classroom, in a park that borders Madison and Monona; the two cities are represented by the committee’s co-chairmen (Pocan and Miller).

Up to $430,000 for Highway X in Chippewa County; represented by Sen. Pat Kreitlow (D-Chippewa Falls) and Rep. Kristen Dexter (D-Eau Claire).

$125,000 to remodel an Eau Claire library; represented by Kreitlow and Dexter

Up to $1.25 million for Manitowoc Road in Bellevue; represented by Sen. Alan Lasee (R-De Pere) and Rep. Ted Zigmunt (D-Francis Creek).

$44.5 million, mostly in bonds, for a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire education building; represented by Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) and Rep. Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire).

But, oh, goodness. Things are so tight! It’s not like Wisconsin has a bazillion dollar deficit or anything.