Scott Walker's record on deficits: A Total Failure

Walker promised fiscal responsibility but his track record as Milwaukee County Executive is riddled with financial mismanagement and busted budgets. Unlike the state, which under Governor Doyle’s leadership has ended every year with a balanced budget, Scott Walker racked up budget deficits in 2003 and 2004.

Milwaukee County has also faced huge mid-year budget deficits every year Walker’s been in office due to his mismanagement. Those deficits have resulted in draconian cuts and big fee increases to vital services like public transportation. The county's public institutions have also faced neglect and closures -- including the park system and the county’s once-vibrant community pool system.

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Scott Walker: Budget Deficits

Walker in his own words

Walker lowers budgets for economic development divisions from $18-19 million to just over $1 million

When Walker was elected he had two divisions under his supervision that managed economic development programs in the county, the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) Economic & Community Development division and Executive Office was the Office of Community Business Development Partners. Walker slashed CBDP funding by half and totally eliminated DAS in 2009.

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