State Budget Battles


POSTED: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 9:47am

UPDATED: Monday, October 31, 2011 - 12:00pm

As the federal budget fight rages on, states wrangle over budget items of their own.

In Wisconsin this week, thousands voiced opposition to a plan to strip public employees of collective bargaining powers.

The State's Governor says it is necessary to balance a 3.6 billion dollar deficit.

In Florida, Governor Rick Scott put the brakes on a high-speed rail project, saying that even with the Federal government funding two thirds, the cost was too high.

"Government has become addicted to spending beyond its means and we cannot continue this flawed policy," said Scott.

States across the country are now facing tough fiscal decision-making.

In an interview with Milwaukee affiliate WTMJ, President Obama was critical of states who have rejected federal infrastructure spending.

"They stood to put tons of folks to work…small businesses developed along these rail lines," said President Obama.

But for New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie, who pulled the plug on a rail tunnel project there, it was simple.

"Those are not the big things. Let me tell you something. If we don't fix the real things there will be no electric cars on the roads," said Christie.

What the future does include is tough budget battles at all levels of government.

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