With the state budget stalled as Republicans in the legislature battle publicly over Scott Walker's $1.3 billion borrowing proposal and more, editorial boards around Wisconsin are slamming Walker for abandoning his duties as he campaigns for president.
Earlier this week, an editorial in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel called on Walker to "please come home" and get to work passing a budget:
And the Racine Journal Times pulled no punches, today editorializing:
The Journal Times also noted that municipalities, school districts, and state agencies are relying on the state to pass a budget so they can make their own budget plans -- and that the work needed to get the budget done can't be done by an "absentee governor."
"Wisconsinites expect to get what they pay for and we are paying Scott Walker to serve as governor for the next four years, not campaign for president on the taxpayers' dime," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning said Wednesday. "Scott Walker needs to get back to work and fix the financial mess Wisconsin is facing due to the poor decisions he and his fellow Republicans have made."