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Rep. Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, speaks before the Assembly at the state Capitol on Feb. 24, 2011.

Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, is one of Gov. Scott Walker's closest legislative allies.

A prime mover of the budget repair bill that claims Wisconsin must break unions in order to balance budgets, Suder says that Wisconsin faces tough fiscal challenges. But not too tough for him to support hundreds of millions in additional spending on tax breaks for corporations.

And now, Suder wants to go on an even bigger spending spree with a plan to end the state's early release program. The program, which was approved as part of then Gov. Jim Doyle's 2009 two-year-budget, allows low-risk criminals to leave prison and be watched under probation programs. The Doyle approach, modeled on successful programs in other states, was set to save Wisconsin tens of millions of dollars.

But now, Suder wants to end it. Why?

Apparently because Suder believes Wisconsin has so much extra money in its treasury that it can afford fools' missions.

The truth is that Wisconsin could balance its budget if legislators like Suder would stop spending tax dollars irresponsibly and start using our resources to pay for needed public services.

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Unfortunately, Suder chooses fiscal irresponsibility over sound Wisconsin budgeting.

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