$4M slipped in state budget would benefit Republican mega-donor
Alexander Field, a tiny airport in Wisconsin Rapids, is slated to get $4 million in improvements, thanks to a last-minute item slipped into the budget by the Republicancontrolled Joint Finance Committee.
The airport is a 20-minute drive from the luxurious Sand Valley Golf Resort, which was created by Republican mega-donor Michael Keiser. Since the resort’s opening, Alexander Field has seen an unprecedented influx of private jets.
Keiser has given at least $65,000 to Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans since 2012. He gave $25,000 to the state Republican Party in February alone, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.
Walker did not include the $4 million request in the budget he submitted just three weeks prior to its insertion, leading critics to charge he was trying to hide it. AP’s attempts to speak to the governor’s office about the budget item were unsuccessful.
“It sure looks like Mr. Keiser’s campaign contributions to Scott Walker and Republicans teed up millions in taxpayer-funded improvements to help bring corporate-jetferried golfers to his Wisconsin courses,” said Mike Browne of the progressive advocacy group One Wisconsin Now.
“Meanwhile, the rest of us will continue to have to deal with crumbling roads and bridges and delayed projects as these same Republicans take a budget mulligan and refuse to fix the state transportation funding crisis.”
— WiG and AP reports