Two points. First, the $1.9 trillion federal COVID relief bill is not, and was never, necessary. It is a complete shakedown of future taxpayers. Second, notice how despite all of the real economic damage and suffering by Wisconsinites, our governments never took the foot off the gas of tax collections. They love to take MORE of our money and give it back to us, but never just step back and collect less. Government is not your friend.
But despite some fears the economic catastrophe would crater Wisconsin’s budget, the state is expected to end the fiscal year in June with $1.8 billion in reserves. That’s $630 million more than what was projected in November.
What’s more, the state is on pace to collect almost the same amount of revenues in the fiscal year ending June 30 as the state projected in January 2020, before the pandemic was on anyone’s radar.
And that doesn’t even include the prospect of more federal revenue from last week’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package, which is expected to direct $3.2 billion to the state of Wisconsin, $2.3 billion to local governments and $189 million for critical infrastructure projects, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison.