Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin is leading his Democrat challenger, Tom Barrett, by 9 percentage points in the latest poll released by We Ask America.
Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee and Walker’s gubernatorial opponent back in 2010, was perceived by many as the sure-fire fix for the Democrats. But with just weeks remaining until the June 5th recall election, Wisconsin Democrats are finding themselves out-flanked by Walker’s fierce national support. Desperate to compete with the Governor’s campaign war chest, the Dems are seeking monetary support from the DNC which so far has not been forthcoming.
And oh gee, some more bad news for the Barrett bunch. It seems that the state of Wisconsin will finish the 2011-2013 budget years with a surplus of revenue.
The state Department of Revenue now estimates that the state will take in about $265 million more than the bureau expected, which should translate to a $275.1 million surplus on June 30, 2012, and a $154.5 million surplus on June 30, 2013, Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch wrote in a letter to Walker.
Huebsch said revenue officials based the projections on larger-than-anticipated tax collections through April and revised federal Bureau of Economic Analysis forecasts showing better-than-expected personal income growth in 2011.
State law requires that if revenue exceeds initial projections, half of the surplus must be deposited in the state’s rainy day fund. If Walker’s projections hold, about $45.4 million would go into that fund after June 30.
That would mark the first time in state history that state officials have added to the fund in consecutive years, DOA spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster said. The Walker administration added $14.78 million at the close of the 2011 fiscal year, she said. LaCrosse Tribune