Sunday, March 3, 2024

Here’s a novel concept, leave the budget surplus alone


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By now I’m certain you have heard that Wisconsin has a budget surplus. What’s not unexpected is the immediate knee-jerk reaction from elected officials in Madison….from both parties.

Immediately upon hearing the news, elected officials started drooling at the prospect of being able to decide how to spend the surplus. When faced with the prospect of extra money lying around, politicians are like lions with a fresh slab of beef.

The temperature in Madison actually went up a few degrees because of the excitement over the potential buffet of more pet government programs.

Governor Tony Evers is seemingly mental crisis because he just can’t decide where to start spending first.

Just because the money is there, it doesn’t mean it has to be spent.

What’s wrong with just having a surplus, a rainy day fund for unexpected emergencies that are sure to come up in the future. And get this, their might not be a surplus next year.

If 2021 presents us with a deficit, we will already have the money to make up the difference, instead of picking the pocket of the taxpayer.

Surpluses come and go, our government in Madison needs to stop being so reactive every time the winds change. Certainly, if the surpluses continue, that means they are taking too much of our money, and thus the ONLY solution would be a tax cut.

So, let’s exercise some much needed fiscal restraint and just leave the surplus alone. It’s time our leaders in Madison went on a diet.

Paris Procopis
If Paris is in a room filled with people, you will usually see him front and center talking and laughing with everyone. His effervescent, outgoing personality brings a refreshing change to the sometimes hostile political world. He takes advantage of his private sector relationship management and comedy improv experience to easily engage any size audience, from individuals to thousands. He has always had a passion for all things political and the world around us, and brings a unique and sometimes humorous, perspective. He has been involved in everything from working on individual campaigns to organizing large political rally's. While Paris is a solid Conservative, he takes the time to understand opposing viewpoints. He lives by the mantra, ‘Do not try to change the minds of others as someone else will easily change it back. Just simply state the facts and they may change their own mind, if that happens, you may have an ally for life.’

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