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03-04-2011, 01:21 PM   #1
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State Bar responds to Governor Walker?s proposed state budget | State Bar of Wisconsin
Unfortunately, Gov. Walker’s budget proposes to eliminate all state funding for indigent civil legal needs and instead uses that money for increased compensation of prosecutors and increased court interpreter funding. The budget also eliminates sum-sufficient public financing for Wisconsin Supreme Court campaigns and makes that program dependent upon a voluntary income tax check-off.
Gov. Walker’s proposed state budget has several other provisions of significant interest to State Bar members. For example, the budget recommends authorizing a county board to direct its clerk of courts to operate a self-help center to provide individuals with information on the court system, including guidance on court proceedings and where to find legal assistance and forms. Gov. Walker recommends authorizing a county to impose a fee for services provided by a self-help center. The State Bar supports the establishment of self-help centers in each county courthouse, but believes such centers should be funded by the state.
Finally, while not part of the Gov. Walker’s proposed 2011-13 proposed state budget, the controversial budget adjustment bill that is currently stalled in the Legislature would strip civil service protection from more than 30 state agency general counsel positions, making them political appointees.
This guys got to go.

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I'll give some accommodation - as people we all have our favorites and lines in the sand - and would even see some nobility in his consistent libertarian approach: all freedoms and liberties, but no government subsidy. However, it seems this budget is very one-sided in its favoring of business interests over everything else. If the bill put a stop to all business subsidies and give aways, one could at least say it is fair. But it in fact adds these.

Re government susbidy (aka relative taxation, tax expenditures - deductions and credits, as well as funded programs): the age-old conservative v.s progressive argument.

Let's say there are liberties and freedoms, but attaining these costs money. Should we subsidize those who cannot afford these? Or does not subsidizing these create an effective subsidy of those with the means to afford these? And does subsidizing these to encourage liberties and freedoms for 'persons' who are not poor make sense (e.g. business subsidies in order to 'generate jobs')?
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QuoteOriginally posted by jeffkrol Quote
This guys got to go.
But Wisconsinites love me.
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Now that's funny regardless of party affiliation!

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Of course, after Walker's own tax cuts to the wealthiest thus prompting "crisis," that needed destroying labor rights even if people gave up the money at his gunpoint, just this morning, as not reported here, he decided to intervene between unemployed Wisconsin workers and Federal benefits, thus.... stopping Federal unemployment cause he believed 'unemployment is good for people'

'Incentive to find jobs'

Which the fatcats that bankroll him want more money from and want to buy state property at cut rate..... the government before they 'can' start offering.... Jobs to the unemployed that can't have jobs unless they are hungrier and without the right to unionize, apparently.

But he can 'afford' to stand between the workers and their unemployment checks, like he could 'afford' to stand between the state and desperately-needed (Really, I was there) rail transit.....

Dude's going to find that 'Friendly' and 'infinite patience' are not the same. Never push a population that wears styrofoam cheese wedges to show aggression. They don't even *make* cheese with holes, really.... Not yellow!
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Perhaps he needs more time to edit them?

Media sue Walker for release of e-mails

Truly, a man with no scruples.
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For those interested, Michael Moore's speech today in Madison. 3-5 2011.

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