State budget hole grows, state programs to blame
There's one huge detail Gov. Jim Doyle left out of his budget speech Tuesday night that the expected deficit has grown again.
It's now $5.9 billion, up from the $5.7 billion projected just a few weeks ago. The governor's aides disclosed the discrepancy at a briefing Tuesday.
The extra $200 million shortfall is due to higher than expected costs for a host of state programs. They include health programs for the poor, child care subsidies, and prison expenses.