James Rowen
Op Ed

How Walker Cost Taxpayers $2.6 Billion

The 7 biggest financial failures by a not-so-fiscally conservative governor.

By - Sep 26th, 2018 11:33 am
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Governor Scott Walker. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Governor Scott Walker. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Scott Walker is a failed conservative and incompetent fiscal steward. Let’s count the ways and add up the losses.

Here are the 7 biggest financial fails by our fake fiscally-conservative Governor:

$11 million in forfeited Federal Medicaid fraud award eligibility.

$20.6 million and counting for legal settlements and payments traced to the youth prison crisis he ignored for years at Lincoln Hills.

*  $23 million in forfeited Federal broadband expansion funding.

*  $50 million in settlement awards and equipment losses over the Amtrak train set assembly facility contract broken by Wisconsin under Walker.

*  $750 million to build an extra 19 miles of Milwaukee freeway lanes which planners had recommended against, but which Walker championed.

*  $810 million in Federal Amtrak Milwaukee-to-Madison rail construction funds Walker forfeited.

*  $1+ billion in Federal Medicaid expansion funding Walker has refused to accept through the end of the 2017-’19 state budget.

These forfeited programs or awards would have added jobs, taxable property, public revenues and spin-off development.

Who knew we had the luxury to reject all that?

James Rowen, a former journalist and mayoral staffer in Milwaukee and Madison, writes a regular blog, The Political Environment.

Categories: Op-Ed, Politics

One thought on “Op Ed: How Walker Cost Taxpayers $2.6 Billion”

  1. Thomas Martinsen says:

    Anyone who does not weep at reading this should listen to Jackson Brown’s DOCTOR MY EYES until that tune is memorized.

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