The crisis in Wisconsin today is not simply financial: it is a crisis created, exacerbated and perpetuated by the way in which the Walker administration handled the budget process to date.
Governor Walker has not been forthright with the people of Wisconsin. By releasing his plan piecemeal, he makes it impossible for residents and the legislature to properly evaluate, weigh the consequences and consider the options. While a candidate, Walker failed to disclose the full scope of his agenda. That failure diminishes his electoral victory. Finally, he has left no room for public discussion of other options.
We can do better in this state.
The time has come for people of good will from all political outlooks to make it clear to Governor Walker that more discussion is needed as is a serious discussion of alternative plans. It is particularly important that this message is delivered by Wisconsin leaders in both the private and public sectors who know the importance of education, workforce development, and a trained workforce.