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Gov. Walker promotes education budget ideas at Fox Valley Tech

Gov. Walker promotes education budget ideas at Fox Valley Tech

Governor Scott Walker is promising a lot of new spending and tax cuts in the next two-year state budget, leaving many of his Republican colleagues in the legislature expressing doubt about how many of his proposals will actually be in the final version they send back to him for a signature later this year.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) stated that he does not think a proposed five percent cut in tuition for resident undergraduate students in the University of Wisconsin System, which would be paid for with state funds, is likely to survive the budget process.

The shift by the famously tightfisted governor created to position him for a third term in 2018 also appeases his conservative base with more welfare reforms, elimination of the prevailing wage and almost $600 million in tax cuts.

Walker says the budget makes "historic investments in our priorities".

The shift by the famously tightfisted Republican governor created to position him for a third term in 2018.

Democrat Lena Taylor says the issue she is most disappointed about, is that the governor did not address corrections. It calls for $500 million in transportation borrowing, down from $850 million in the last state budget. "We're redistributing that around the rest of the state".

He says the improved transportation funding will help school districts pay for costly student transportation.

The governor proposed getting rid of the board in his 2013-15 executive budget as well, arguing then that doing away with it would lift unnecessary financial and regulatory burdens on for-profit schools.

But, as the college's revenues have often been cut or frozen in recent years, like tuition proposed in Walker's budget, May said she worries about the long-term impact of that loss in funding on the college and its programs. "We are trying to make up for lost time and it's going to be very, very hard to catch up".

The budget announcement received a cool reception from legislative Democrats, including Sen.

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

According to Walker, this budget is a solid one, built on a strong foundation.

"I think he hit on all of the key issues", Summerfield said of Walker. We're going to look at tolling.

"In other words, our fiscal reforms have been successful", Walker said.

"People tell us the reforms were necessary", Walker said in his prepared remarks.

"(Walker is) so focused on campaigning that he produces irresponsible budgets and leaves the real work for others", Taylor said.


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