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Lawmaker calls for state budget changes

State Rep. Brett Davis, R-Oregon, said Wednesday the recently released national report from the Pew Center on the States illustrates Wisconsin’s need for budget changes.

The report, titled “Beyond California: States in Fiscal Peril,” analyzed state budgets all across America and  compared them to California’s notorious fiscal problems. Wisconsin ranked in the bottom 10 along with California, Michigan, New Jersey and Illinois. The study ranked Wisconsin poorly based on multiple money management criteria, including poor previous fiscal decisions, raiding segregated budgets such as transportation, and running budget deficits for years even before the economic recession started.

“We can and must do better,” Davis said in a press release.

Davis is the co-author of a bill with state Rep. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, which would require Wisconsin to balance its budget. It would also require state agencies to make budget requests based on actual needs, instead of asking for more money.

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