Walker says $70 billion 2013-2015 budget is a "win" for "hardworking taxpayers"

By: AP/weau staff Email
By: AP/weau staff Email

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis (WEAU) –Governor Scott Walker stopped by Mouldy’s Archery and Tackle in Chippewa Falls to discuss the newly signed Wisconsin state budget Monday. Walker says the 2013-2015 budget is a “win” for “hardworking taxpayers.” In front of a room full of local lawmakers and supporters, Walker explained the $650 million income tax cut puts money back into the hands of working Wisconsinites and that will grow the economy.

“Overwhelmingly the hardworking tax payers of this state will win. Its more money in their hands for tax relief, its more money for schools its more money to freeze tuition for the UW Schools. I think in every measure in this was built to protect the hard working people of this state,” Walker said.

Not everyone is happy with Walker's budget. Democratic State Assemblyman Dana Wachs says he sees major flaws within the bill, including the rejection of federal Medicaid money.

“I think that in the future we are going to see a lot of fall out in healthcare area because of this budget” Wachs said.


PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) -- Republican leaders are shrugging off Gov. Scott Walker's vetoes of several items added to the state budget before it received final approval from the Republican-controlled budget committee.

Walker vetoed provisions Sunday that would have allowed bounty hunters in Wisconsin and kicked the independent Center for Investigative Journalism off of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the bounty hunter, or bail bondsmen, veto was expected because Walker vetoed similar legislation last year. Bail bondsmen haven't been allowed in Wisconsin since 1979, and Fitzgerald says it will likely be a long time before they are allowed again.

Fitzgerald also says many Republicans weren't sure of the scope of the ban on the investigative journalism center at UW, so he wasn't surprised to see it go too.

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says the state's new two-year, $70 billion spending plan is "a great budget" for the "hardworking taxpayers of Wisconsin."

Walker is speaking at Catalyst Exhibits in Pleasant Prairie before signing the state budget.

He says the budget holds the line on property taxes and invests more in education and workforce development.

Walker also says the state is in better shape than it was four years ago. He says instead of a looming deficit, it will have a more than $500 million surplus when the new fiscal year starts Monday.


PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed the state budget after making several dozen vetoes to it.

The budget includes Walker's major priorities -- a $650 million income tax cut, rejection of federal Medicaid expansion and the expansion of private school vouchers statewide.

Most of Walker's vetoes to the $70 billion, two-year spending plan are technical.

But the governor did veto a provision Sunday in Pleasant Prairie that would have allowed bounty hunters in Wisconsin. They have not been permitted in the state since 1979.

Walker also vetoed a provision that would have kicked the independent Center for Investigative Journalism off of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and barred it from working with university professors. Walker says that's a matter for the UW System Board of Regents to decide.

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