Madison feels your pain…truly

The Madison housing market has finally felt the pinch of the recession: they’re experiencing their first decline in property values in 35 years.   The value of real estate dropped by 3.1% in 2009.  For the rest of the U.S., the price of an average home fell 6.5% in 2008 and 2009, compared to Madison where the average price fell 3.4% .

“There can’t be new spending. We’re going to have to cut where we can,” said Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz…in a phone interview…from the Netherlands…where he’s doing a “transit research tour.”  No doubt he’ll know when and where to start cutting.  Apparently the Doyle-wanderlust is catching.

Now, this is not to make light of the businesses and individuals in Madison who are hurting from the drop in property values, but it does rather underscore how out-of-touch our State Capitol is with the rest of the state.  Some of the most influential legislators at the Capitol are from, you guessed it…Madison.

President of the Senate, Sen. Fred Risser (D) is from Madison.

Sen. Mark Miller (D) co-chair of the powerful Joint Finance Committee and impetus behind that awful budget, is from Monona, right outside Madison.

Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D), another powerful Democrat, is from Madison.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D), co-chair of that powerful Joint Finance Committee and another major impetus behind the budget bill, is from Madison.

Rep. Spencer Black (D), another powerful Democrat in the Assembly, is from Madison.

And others…

Anyway, you get the point.

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One comment on “Madison feels your pain…truly

  1. Mike says:

    And this has to do with “family” how? Maybe the name of this blog should be “Wisconsin Republican Voice” because it seems to devote less time to family values and more to political issues having very little relationship to the family. Is it just coincidence that all criticism is directed toward one side of the aisle while praise is directed toward the other? Have you ever known anyone to be 100% right 100% of the time and someone else to be 100% wrong 100% of the time?

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