Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Vos The Bounty Hunter

What a tired, bad idea.

Little Lord Pops-the-Corn wants to play bounty hunter and no one wants to play with him. Not the people, not other legislators, not judges, not even Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

Vos and his friends have been trying for years to get bounty hunters back in business - particularly after the American Bail Coalition joined ALEC and registered as lobbyists in Wisconsin.

This legislation added to the state budget - for easier passage - is so unwanted that Vos has resorted to flat out lying about its benefits to justify his weird obsession with it.

In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a few weeks ago, Vos had this to say:
"There was a study done by WPRI that showed that Wisconsin has a higher no-show rate than other states. We’re one of only two or four states that doesn’t have bail bonds right now."
Okay then, that's a pretty concrete statement.

Except there was no "study" - it was a report written by Scott Walker's campaign treasurer, Kate Lind, for a conservative think-tank - which supports bounty hunter legislation. Best of all, the report contained no data on no-show rates - neither in Wisconsin nor for the U.S.

It is true that two years ago, Scott Walker vetoed the bounty hunter boondoggle in 2011, but don't get your hopes up. Like school vouchers - Vossy has limited it to a smaller "test" area instead of inflicting it on the state all at once. That's more than enough political cover to get it through this time.

So take your pick on what bothers you most about bounty hunters: that it is legislation no one asked for except the bail bonds lobby; that they used a ridiculous Republican book report to falsely justify its necessity or that in spite of folks who would like to dismiss it - ALEC really does run our state.