Reaction Comes In About Gov. Walker's Budget Address

  • Reaction Comes In About Gov. Walker's Budget Address

Reaction Comes In About Gov. Walker's Budget Address

"Senator Terry Moulton says", The governor's budget contains many promising ideas". Walker's budget calls for spending $649 million more on K-12 education.

"That needs some work", she said.

The biggest item of note for Governor Walker is a projected tax cut of $593 million, more than one-third of which will come in the form of an income tax reduction. The budget would funnel money into education, transportation, tax relief and workforce development, funding areas Walker's previous budgets aimed to cut.

"We tightened our belt and paid the price", said Bernier, who represents the 68th Assembly District.

Ethan Jacquart, an organizer with Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG), said Walker's budget takes "important steps" to fix the state's roads. A median income four-person family making about $86,000 would save $139 over two years and state revenues would decline by $203 million. "And that's why I want you to not leave here thinking that you're going to get this increase in your revenue without us having an increase in revenue at the state or some long-term plan that is not just going to cut our way into prosperity".

However, he added, "just because he's the governor doesn't mean we just salute". "I still don't fully understand it", he said.

Scott Walker is expected to put forward a state budget that looks far different than the ones from his first six years in office.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says lifting enrollment caps on private schools in the statewide voucher program is not dead even though Gov. Scott Walker didn't propose it in his budget.

"It sure seems to be", Wachs said. He also said he's opposed to Walker's plan to cut tuition by 5 percent for in-state UW System students, a cut Walker promised to backfill with $35 million in state aid.

Rep. Dave Murphy (R-Greenville) and Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) attended Walker's stop in Greenville and said it's too soon to say whether his proposed budget would cover transportation priorities, or if a gas tax increase would be needed.

State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, also wants to see more details of Walker's proposed budget.

Democrat Lena Taylor says the issue she is most disappointed about, is that the governor did not address corrections. The next fiscal year begins July 1, although if the Legislature has not passed a new budget by then, spending continues at the levels set in the current budget.

"This budget gets all the active major projects outside of southeastern Wisconsin back on track".