Contrary to his claims of fiscal restraint, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker has proposed increasing county spending 35% since 2002. This is not the first time Walker has supported substantial spending increases. As a member of the state legislature, Walker voted to increase state budget spending 84 percent -- over $22 billion in increases over five budgets. The $200 billion in total state budget spending Walker voted for led to a then-record $3 billion state budget deficit.
Walker’s proposed budget spending as county executive far exceeded Governor Doyle’s proposed spending over the same period – 35% to 21%. Walker also created a mountain of deferred costs that future generations will have to pay for, like the $200 million needed for the county parks system and untold millions to prop up the nearly bankrupt public transit system.
Walker's overly-optimistic budgeting causes big headaches halfway into the year
The county budget has run into trouble several years running because of Walker’s overly optimistic figures for land sales, said Supervisor Jim “Luigi” Schmitt. This year’s  budget, for example, listed $6 million in revenue expected for land sales, primarily from parcels downtown in the Park East Freeway corridor.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/20/2009