It's Friday. Jay Heck with the non-partisan government watchdog group Common Cause Wisconsin takes a look at this week's budget process
Heck says even members of the legislative budget conference committee are getting frustrated. Senate republican Scott Fitzgerald called the sessions a waste of time.
No action was taken on any budget items at this week's only meeting that lasted two and a half hours. Apparently more was being accomplished in private. Heck says open government is always best but that doesn't preclude the Assembly Speaker and Senate Majority Leader from getting together to iron out differences. Especially when there's an impasse like this one.
Democrats said they're ready to meet Monday thru Saturday if need be and then adjourned until next Wednesday. Heck says that's the point. Lawmakers need to show the public they're serious about getting the budget job done rather than just posturing in public.
Heck says it's time for lawmakers to stop positioning and start compromising on a budget that's two months overdue.