How involved in the state budget process is Gov. Scott Walker as he embarks on an all-but-certain presidential run?
It's another area that Republicans and Democrats can't agree, at least based on an interview on WKOW-TV show "Capitol City Sunday."
Host Greg Neumann raised the issue with Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, and state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton.
Kooyenga said Walker is "doing a great job," but the Legislature has also stepped into an oversight role.
"I think Wisconsin residents aren't losing anything in this process," Kooyenga said. "In fact it's really cool for the world to see that we're the world's leader in cranberry production and motorcycles. I think it's really cool for Wisconsin for him to be traveling the world and telling our story."
Walker has been adding map points as he builds toward officially announcing a run for the GOP presidential nomination. Last week, he led a Wisconsin trade mission to Germany, France and Spain.
On his return stateside, he headed for New Hampshire to take part in a Republican candidate forum on Saturday.
Erpenbach accused the governor of neglecting the state.
"If you take a look at the budget that the governor introduced, he probably spent 10 minutes on it," he said. "It was full of mistakes."
Erpenbach said that on Wednesday, his office received from the governor's office an errata document that corrected parts of the budget proposal.
"It's like 120 pages. It's the second one we've got," Erpenbach said. "So no, I don't think the governor is engaged in the state of Wisconsin by any means. I think he lands, does his laundry, gets back on the plane and leaves. Now, if he wants to run for president, that's fine. But we have some serious issues here."
A Marquette Law School Poll released Thursday showed that some major elements of Walker's budget are unpopular with voters.
Of those surveyed, 78 percent opposed a $127 million cut from the public school budget and 70 percent were against a $300 million cut from the University of Wisconsin System budget. Nearly four in five opposed state borrowing for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.
The survey also showed that two-thirds of respondents said they don't think any governor can handle his or her duties while running for president.
Kooyenga said that Walker is in the state more than he's out of it.
"I can assure you he's very engaged," Kooyenga said.
Erpenbach wasn't swayed.
"It's great that the speaker talks to the governor on the phone once a week," he said. "The governor should be sitting down not only with the speaker and Scott Fitzgerald in the Senate, but he should be sitting down with Democratic leadership as well. But he's never here."