Republicans just hate, hate policy being adopted as part of a state budget bill. They've told us that repeatedly, whenever Gov. Jim Doyle has included any policy changes in his budget proposals.
But that was then. This is now.
The Republican majority in the Assembly has just produced its version of the budget and -- surprise! -- it's a cynical, hard-hearted, partisan document that is just chock full of policy changes.
My favorite policy change in the Journal Sentinel story:
ending the ability of residents to vote a straight party ticket
If you were a Republican these days, that would make a lot of sense.
At the rate their popularity is falling, the GOP may just want to think about eliminating party labels on the ballot altogether.
Nice try, but that, like most of the hairball budget the Assembly GOP hacked up is in no danger of becoming law,