Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh has recently thrown his support behind controversial Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, arguing on Friday that his administration oversaw a dramatic economic turnaround in the state.
Limbaugh argued Walker’s performance should have been major news, but had been buried by mainstream news outlets. He pointed to figures showing a $912 million surplus and a 6.2 percent drop in unemployment since 2011 as evidence that Walker had improved the state’s fiscal standing.
In line with his reputation as a fiscal conservative, Walker recently proposed a $504 million property and income tax cut, which will be funded partly by the surplus. Though lawmakers from both parties expressed concern the plan could exacerbate the state’s predicted budget shortfall, Walker said revenue growth would cover the difference from the tax break.