Some legislators are having a political field day with the 'discovery' that the UW system accumulates unspent funds in hundreds, perhaps thousands of accounts across its multi-campus system.
State Representative and former budget committee co-chair Robin Vos, (R-Burlington), has even used the brouhaha to reprise his anger at the UW-Madison's cancellation of some classes when Pres. Barack Obama spoke at a pre-election rally, so let's chalk up some of the legislative outrage to routine partisan gamesmanship and the continuation of the battle between the two ends of State Street over budgetary supremacy that has raged since time immemorial.
But on the matter of the rectitude of surplus government funds, I note this with a hat tip to the intrepid reporter Sean Ryan's February account of Walker's economic development funding - - setting aside the entire missing millions mess at Walker's signature economic development corporation - - and wonder if there are double-standards afoot:
Also, the Department of Tourism would get a boost by keeping $1 million in unspent money and receiving $200,000 over two years for marketing to attract tourists from other countries. A grant program to attract conventions would receive $150,000 over two years.