Where else will the state go to balance budget?


As is the case with so many other “reserve funds,” the $200 million state reserve designated for medical malpractice claims has been raided to fund other state projects. The Supreme Court will rule whether this is legal.

The 4th District Court of Appeals said Thursday that it was appropriate for the state’s highest court to consider the case in part because of the broad statewide effect any decision will have.

At issue is whether the state could transfer the money from the fund to help balance the budget. The Wisconsin Medical Society argued it was an illegal raid and appealed a lower court’s ruling saying the transfer was OK.

Similar allegations are launched against money collected from tobacco and alcohol taxes, with critics accusing the Democrats of using specific issues (alcohol treatment etc.) as excuses to raise taxes for general purpose revenue.

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