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Lawmakers: Don't dig budget hole deeper, focus on jobs

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While agreeing the state's economy is stumbling, some Republican legislators think Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle is overplaying Wisconsin's budget crisis and the tactics needed to survive it.

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The much-publicized $5.4 billion anticipated deficit for the 2009-2011 biennial budget, which hasn't been introduced, reportedly includes agency requests for 8% spending hikes, said Rep. Kitty Rhoades, R-Hudson, Monday.

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