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Gov. Walker Unveils Budget Proposal

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March 2, 2011

With protests continuing at the Wisconsin state capitol and the 14 Democratic state senators still MIA, Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his budget proposal in a speech on Tuesday night.

Walker said that his budget would reduce funds spending by $4.2 billion (which amounts to 6.7 percent) and would decrease the structural deficit by 90 percent (from $2.5 billion to $250 million).

Walker also said that if the state senators do not return, it could seriously hurt Wisconsin’s schools.

 

“If the Senate Democrats do come home, local units of government overall will actually see a net increase in revenue plus savings of more than $150 million,” he said. “If they do not, our schools face massive layoffs of teachers. However, if they do come back, overall savings for schools across the state will outweigh reductions, ultimately allowing schools to put more money in the classroom.”

Read the whole speech here.

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