Wis. budget would balance without union law
April 2, 2011
MADISON — A new analysis shows that as long as lawmakers approve a budget fix bill proposed by Gov. Scott Walker the state's budget would be balanced even if the collective bargaining law currently on hold doesn't take effect.
The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis released Friday shows that the bill expected to be passed Tuesday would balance the budget currently projected to be $137 million short by July 1.
The collective bargaining law currently in limbo would save the state about $30 million through higher state worker benefit contributions.
But the Fiscal Bureau analysis shows even if that law doesn't take effect before July, the budget would balance as long as the other measure passes.
Democrats have indicated they support the other budget bill up on Tuesday.