Neumann cranks up attacks on Walker

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GOP gubernatorial hopeful Mark Neumann again went on the attack against rival Scott Walker, this time charging the county executive increased Milwaukee County’s spending at a faster clip than Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle raised the state’s budget.
According to Neumann, over the past eight years, Walker’s proposed budgets in Milwaukee County rose from more than $1.1 billion in 2003-04 to more than $1.48 billion in 2010-11, an increase of 35 percent.
Over the same period, state spending has increased from more than $24.52 billion to $31.14 billion, an increase of 27 percent.
“At the end of the day, it’s these numbers that got me and kept me in the governor’s race,” Neumann said at a press conference outside the governor’s office in Madison.
Just hours after Neumann’s news conference, Walker held a media teleconference to fire back that Neumann was distorting the numbers.
“For a guy who was once a math teacher, apparently he needs to go back to school and do a little math here,” Walker said.
Walker said the Neumann comparison does not remove capital budget spending from the operating budget, which he said would show a $65 million spending decrease between 2009 and 2010.
Neumann’s attack follows criticism he leveled at Walker in recent weeks that the county exec flip-flopped on Arizona’s immigration law and has been away from his job too much to campaign for the governor’s office.

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