Last week, Mike Tate Watch spent some quality time in the State of California which currently is a state in fiscal abyss. After spending a week in Los Angeles, we seen first hand the challenges of what Californians face as they await a key primary election in the upcoming days to decide the future of the state.
From talking with friends we know in California, the number one issue on their minds is the state budget. California has the highest budget deficit in the U.S. according to the Pew Center on the States. Wisconsin unfortunately is in striking distance from California on its problems in the state budget in the same ratings from the Pew Center. The number one issue that brought California to the brink is excessive spending. This was done by disgraced U.S. Senate candidate and former Schwarzenegger Finance Director Tom Campbell in 2005. Campbell loaded the budget full of spending and higher taxes. The Democrats in Wisconsin unfortunately took the same cues from California which is to spend. The first thing if Wisconsin needs to do to get its fiscal order is not act like California politicians who spend with no limit. The highly respected California Legislative Analyst’s Office in 2005 told Campbell that California’s countless spending would lead to persistent multi-million dollar operating deficits in the best of times. No matter who wins the Governor’s race this year, the 2011 state budget will not be sitting pretty and the harsh, painful budget cuts past governors in both parties failed to do will be on the menu next year.
Other than taxes, the other big issue California faces is excess regulations. The same people we talked to in California have said that the excessive taxation and regulation are two large systemic cancers to California’s economy. The regulation madness are a reason why people are waking up and realizing why career politicians like Barbara Boxer and RINO’s like Carly Fiorina are no good for California. Despite people consider California a blue state, Californians are craving for real fiscal conservatives like Chuck DeVore who have a strong shot of defeating Barbara Boxer.
Unfortunately back in Wisconsin, Democrats under Mike Tate have taken California’s lead too on regulation. Excessive taxation, litigation, and regulation are a reason why companies like Gardner-Denver, Briggs and Stratton, and many others have left Wisconsin for states like Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, and Virginia. The Clean Energy Jobs Act had a sneaky provision that would use California’s vehicle emission standards to determine Wisconsin’s standards. If the bill passed, Wisconsin would have became another California.
We can go on and on, but if Democrats led by Mike Tate think that what is done in California is good for Wisconsin, there is a problem. A serious problem as Wisconsin businesses are leaving, over 174,000 people lost their jobs in the last legislative session, and politicians who are not listening the concerns of people in Wisconsin. No matter what type of message Chairman Tate spins at convention next week, Mike Tate will have serious questions to answer. Questions from Wisconsinites who are wondering if Mike Tate is going to make Wisconsin the next California? A position that Wisconsin cannot afford to be in.