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0942, 19 Aug 18

Efficient Government

Liberals always complain about stagnation in the legislative process and the inability of legislatures to get things done… except when Republicans are in the majorities.

The length of time bills were deliberated dropped significantly soon after Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislators took control in 2011, diminishing the public’s opportunities to influence lawmaking, records and interviews show.

A Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism analysis of all bills enacted into state law over the past two decades shows an overall decline in deliberation time — with the most dramatic drop happening just after Walker took office.

In Walker’s first two years in office, average deliberation time was 119 days, compared to a 20-year average of 164 days. During that 2011-12 session, one out of every four bills, including some of the Republicans’ most sweeping and controversial legislation, was passed within two months of introduction.


0942, 19 August 2018


  1. Jason

    It’s ironic that is blocked by my ad blocking system. Like all liberals, they whore out to the highest payer with all the ads they present to ‘discerning’ readers

  2. jjf


    It’s like you didn’t even read the article.  Even Prof. Shh ‘n Shh couldn’t help but admit the harm to the deliberate process:

    While saying he is unsure why speed has increased during the past two decades, Esenberg acknowledged fast-tracking can mute some voices.  “I do think that the downside of that is that you sacrifice something in the deliberative process,” Esenberg said.


    West Bend businessman and thought leader John Torinus, who voted for Walker for governor three times and contributed to his 2010 campaign, has dubbed the strategy “government by surprise.”

    But please tell us more about your sense of “efficiency” in government, and why it’s a good thing.  Tell us why it’s a positive trend to reduce the amount of time allowed for the public and even legislators from understanding all the viewpoints that should be considered when changes are made to the law.

    The “surprise attack” on the open meetings and open records law in a “motion 999” on a Friday before the Fourth of July in 2015 wasn’t a clue that the WisGOP doesn’t really want you to know what they’re doing?

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