Wisconsin's state budget -- frequently asked questions

Is the state of Wisconsin really in a financial crisis? The short answer is yes -- without action in this fiscal year the state will not be able to pay some of its expected bills. As Gov. Scott Walker pushes for financial concessions from state workers, some opponents of the Republican governor’s proposal are arguing that there isn’t a budget shortfall.

Walker has said the state faces a $137 million budget shortfall for this fiscal year ending ... Full Story »

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Feb. 20, 2011

Informative analysis about Wisconsin's state budget crisis by the Pulitzer Prize winning Journal Sentinel. This report investigates a recent memo by the Legislature’s nonpartisan Fiscal Bureau to conclude that the state is indeed facing a financial crisis, despite claims to the contrary by some partisan media outlets. The story appears factual and fair, though a few more independent sources would be helpful to confirm its accuracy. On the whole, this helps clarify a muddled situation based on available factual evidence.

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Fred Gatlin
3.1
by Fred Gatlin - Mar. 8, 2011

This article lacks efforts to find what has happened. It does include facts but also raises questions. It makes no effort to see if there are other ideas to meet the budget nor does it discuss the tone and attitude of the Governor.

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Don Bertschman
3.4
by Don Bertschman - Feb. 20, 2011
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Roland F. Hirsch
4.5
by Roland F. Hirsch - Feb. 20, 2011

This news analysis is excellent journalism. The author provides factual information to dispell several charges that have been made against Gov. Walker. The author includes quotes from an advocacy group director that add to the context. Very well written.

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