Wisconsin’s next Governor will inherit some big budget problems.
Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance President Todd Berry says that, while Governor Doyle boasts that he fixed a $6.6 billion dollar deficit and signed a balanced budget in late June, the structural deficit that will come up in 2011 will not be too radically different from the one Doyle inherited when he first took office. That was around $2 billion.
Berry says all of that likely played into the governor’s decision not to seek re-election. He says past governors, such as Tommy Thompson and Lee Dreyfus, checked out when budget problems began to mount.