Doyle’s Budget Increases Spending 9.8%
No time like a recession to jack up state spending.
Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle’s budget would push total state spending for the 2009-‘11 budget cycle to $63 billion—an increase of 9.8% from the current two-year cycle, according to a summary of Doyle’s plan released today by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
The $63 billion totals measures all state spending, including federal aid, state taxes, tuition, fees and license revenues. Spending in the current two-year budget that ends June 30 will total $57.4 billion, according to the Fiscal Bureau.
The 9.8% jump in two-year spending, beginning July 1, results partly because the budget spends more than $2 billion in federal stimulus cash. To help fix a deficit in the current budget, which ends June 30, $597 million in federal stimulus funds are used to pay health-care and school-aid bills, the Fiscal Bureau reported.
To also close a remaining $5-billion deficit through mid-2011, Doyle’s budget also includes more than $2.1 billion in tax increases.