State Budget Woes

A political scientist says both sides in Wisconsin's Legislature have painted themselves into a corner on the state budget.

Governor Jim Doyle called a special session to fix a $527 million budget shortfall, but there aren't many signs of movement toward an agreement on fixing the budget.

Scott Furlong is a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

He says the Republicans and Democrats took such strong stances on the issues during a budget deadlock last year that neither side will be ready to change with legislative elections coming in the fall.

The main Republican position throughout has been against any increase in taxes, even with the revenue stream decreasing because of the economic downturn.

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