On Feb. 18th, 2011, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow made this claim
on air while covering the dispute between labor unions and Wisconsin's Republican governor, Scott Walker:
"Despite what you may have heard about Wisconsin's finances, the state is on track to have a budget surplus this year."
Maddow argued that Gov. Walker manufactured a state budget crisis in order to use the opportunity to clamp down on labor and other spending programs favored by liberals.
Although Walker has been caught making false claims of his own
during his dispute with labor unions, these do not bear on Maddow's claims about the state's budget. We find her above assertion to be FALSE