Just call Walker's budget what it is - - stupid and dangerous:
The state would cut $732,000 in existing grant funding used to treat drunken drivers in southeast Wisconsin and the rest of the state, under a provision in Gov. Scott Walker's budget that comes before a key committee Tuesday.
Going forward, the county-run programs for intoxicated drivers could still get some state money but only if it's diverted away from other existing programs to treat substance abuse, under the plan being voted on by the Joint Finance Committee.So money would be stripped away from heroin treatment?
As is Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke's useless position that arrested OWI offenders pay the treatment tab, when he knows that many of the drunk drivers his own deputies arrest do not have the money, especially after paying their fines, or losing their jobs if jailed,
Do he and Walker want OWI treatment, or are they OK with drunk drivers returning to the roads without treatment, coming right at you and me?
This blog has long catalogued the realities that Wisconsin often tops national rankings for drunk driving and fatalities, binge drinking and first-offense wrist-slaps.
The cut to OWN treatment funding can be overturned by the Legislature's budget-writing finance committee, and since OWI reformer Alberta Darling is the committee's Senate chair, there's a chance the money or some of it will be restored.
After all, who wants to vote to remove the funding and then read that a repeat drunk driving offender who did not receive treatment wiped out a family on a Wisconsin roadway?
Even so, Walker's plan is crazy and dangerous, should be called crazy and dangerous, and ought to be slapped down no matter how strong the booze lobbies are in the Legislature.