Posted: 04/21/15 17:00
by Dave Mindeman
Wisconsin has a new tourism promotion in the works. Thanks to the innovative thinking of Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin may soon be adding to your travel fun with the Dead Deer Spotting Game.
Well, let's hope not. But Walker has sunk to another new low. In an attempt to push the responsibility for removing dead deer from the highways.. away from Wisconsin State government and presumably onto the backs of local government agencies, he believes he has found another means to demonstrate his "fiscal responsibility".
We take it for granted in Minnesota. If we see a deer lying by the side of the road, we know that it will be removed and disposed of in a timely manner. Outside of maybe a moment of pity for the poor animal or what might have befallen the motorist who may have crossed paths with it at the wrong time, we do not have to worry about what happens next. It will be taken care of.
But in Wisconsin, that may not be the case. Highway jurisdictions can get a little tricky....and since Wisconsin state government keeps cutting local government funding, why should we assume that their budgets can just pick up the slack?
Will Wisconsin be dealing with rotting deer carcasses? Will bloated dead animals dot the Wisconsin scenery?
I'm not making light of this - this is a serious question. Gov. Scott Walker wants to be a national candidate, but I hope people soon realize that we have to hope he doesn't plan to run the nation, the way he is running Wisconsin.