That means the crane game permits would have only raised $288,000 for the state.
A seemingly small amount, compared to the $15.3 billion biennial budget.
"They push bargaining chips in there. You mention the crane game regulation, that I think we should have a purely fiscal budget is what I'd like to see us do,” said State Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber (D-Appleton).
She says items like the crane game regulation don't belong in the state budget. She's reintroducing a bill that would prevent non-fiscal items from being included in future budgets.
"Everything in the budget you could probably trace back to some sort of fiscal impact. The way I measure it is if it is a bigger policy impact versus a money impact,” said Bernard Schaber.
Bernard Schaber's idea has gained some bipartisan support.
“It would be my basic principle to not have policy items like this in the budget. They should be introduced as separate bills. I think this is what people in our respective districts want to see. They want to see transparency,” State Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Allouez) said over the phone.
Others legislators say it's a gray area. But, they say how the state budget bill is crafted deserves some discussion.
"Another issue to think about though along those lines is we're not able to legislate future legislatures. So it would require a constitutional amendment to prevent those things from occurring in future legislatures,” said State Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay).
This new state budget still has to be approved by the legislature and signed by the governor.
So whether items like crane game regulation will survive months of budget debates appears to be a matter of chance.
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