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The Battle for Wisconsin

Scott Walker awaits his challenger.

Apr 30, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 31 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Barrett’s campaign has also attacked Walker’s property tax cap. Barrett has reiterated his support of taxpayer-funding of abortion. And he’s said he would “consult on a regular basis” with his Democratic primary opponents on environmental policy, even though some of his opponents are even more radical on the environment than Falk.

For all their complaints about Walker’s lack of transparency, Falk and Barrett are now evading questions about how they would have balanced Wisconsin’s budget. “No, I’m not answering. None of us will answer that question,” Falk told The Weekly Standard on April 11 when asked if she would have cut more or less than $500 million from the education budget. Barrett too refused to say, when asked three separate times, how he would have balanced the budget. Both candidates say they wouldn’t have enacted tax cuts Walker put into place, which amounted to a little over $100 million or 3 percent of the state’s deficit.

Barrett and Falk leave voters guessing what they would have done about the other 97 percent of the deficit. Walker fills in the details: “The answer is they’d have to do what they did in Illinois, which is massive tax increases, massive service cuts, and layoffs.”

The Democratic primary is giving Walker greater hope about the recall, but, he says, “I actually think it’s much closer than some of these latest polls suggest.” Walker says a court’s decision striking down the voter ID law creates “huge” concern about voter fraud. And he says the unions’ intensity may be underestimated. “This is just driven by raw, unadulterated, passionate hate and anger, driven largely by these union bosses,” he says. “The other side is motivated by anger. We’ve got to be motivated by hope.”

 

John McCormack is a staff writer at The Weekly Standard.

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