Tomorrow, Governor Walker will sign the budget. He will veto some things. Here are a few I hope that he strikes.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the "eviction" of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from the UW campus. I suggested that this may have been the kind of thing that happens when you are as uninterested in intellectual diversity as the UW has been. I don't mind that the UW has institutions with a perspective. I do mind that they only have one kind, even if the WCIJ may not be as far to the left as many UW organizations.
Of course, as I noted, it is possible that this was just retaliation by politicians who didn't like a WCIH story and that's completely unworthy of the Governor and his administration.
But from the outset, I criticized a portion of the proposal that says that no UW employee may work with the WCIJ. This, I thought, was a violation of academic freedom.
The good people at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education agree and have written to the Governor.
Telling academics what they can work on needs to go. What conservatives need to do is attack the censorship of the academy and not try to match it.
The budget has a provision that disqualifies from the state bidding process any company that hasn’t already
performed work on a state or local project. Not a good idea.
I don't have a strong opinion about private bondsmen. (I am tempted to say that I have no dog in that fight.) There is evidence that this type of system - which exists in the overwhelming majority of states - can lead to fewer defendants failing to make court appearances at less cost to the state (albeit at higher costs imposed on defendants who are not found guilty.) My problem is that the advantages don't seem great while the opposition within the system is strong. That adds up to "not worth it" to me.
Finally, while I have nothing against the Kringle, the state pastry ought to be the cream puff or , in light of our strong German heritage, the Pfeffernusse. But Racine is a swing county and I'm a realist. It won't happen.
Cross posted at Purple Wisconsin