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Walker Signs 2-year, $70 Billion Budget

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Walker Signs 2-year, $70 Billion Budget

CREATED Jun. 30, 2013
UPDATE: 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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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Scott Walker is vetoing provisions in the state budget that would have allowed bounty hunters to operate in Wisconsin and kicked an investigative journalism center off the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
   
Walker plans to sign the budget and release all 57 vetoes on Sunday. He discussed the vetoes with The Associated Press on Friday.
   
Walker's major priorities remain unchanged. Those include a $650 million income tax cut, rejection of federal Medicaid expansion and expanding private school vouchers statewide.
   
Walker says he's vetoing the bail bondsmen provision because it's a policy he's "not thrilled with." He says whether the Center for Investigative Journalism operates on the UW-Madison campus is an issue for the Board of Regents.
   
He's also allowing kringle to be named the official Wisconsin pastry.
 

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