Following is a statement from Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate on the budget projections from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau that forecast the state will end the current fiscal year with a deficit of $283 million -- more than double the amount the agency projected back in November.

"With Scott Walker likely on a plane to Iowa already, news is breaking that Wisconsin is estimated to end the current fiscal year with a staggering $283 million deficit, more than double the amount projected back in November. His hasty decision earlier today on the Kenosha casino now comes into even sharper focus -- Walker was able to pander to Iowa conservatives by making the choice they asked for and he could overshadow the news that his fiscal mismanagement had more than doubled the deficit all at the same time.

"Walker is leaving Wisconsin behind as he campaigns for president in Iowa and New Hampshire but he can't escape his dismal record. Because even with the governor campaigning for president out of state, Wisconsin is still lagging the nation in wage and private sector job growth, has the worst fiscal reserves in the country, and has a deficit that seems to grow by the minute."