The Legislative Fiscal Bureau cannot find record of a budget quite so unbalanced as the state budget faced this year. Nothing can even compare in recent history. With the Wisconsin economy slightly better than the nation's abysmal situation, we have been faced with a $6.6 billion dollar deficit - nearly $1.6 billion in shortfall discovered after work on the budget already had began. With these real and severe challenges, many had predicted tax increases would be needed to fund the basics of the state and invest in the road to recovery. That has not happened.